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Should a doctor prescribe sleeping pills as the last resort if a person is having difficulty sleeping?

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Dr. Alvin Lin answered

Yes: A recent study associated the use of sleeping pills with a greater risk of dying. This doesn't prove cause & effect but it is certainly worrisome. I'd recommend trying non-pharmacologic means first before moving on towards medications. Sometimes we don't have the luxury of time on our side and have to prescribe something immediately.

Answered 10/3/2016



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