Overdosing on Sleeping Pills

Sleeping pills have been the common denominator for many recent overdoses, not only in Hollywood, but also across the country. The demand for the drug speaks to how much people are looking to fall asleep and stay asleep, to get into a more relaxed state or to feed an addiction problem. The problem is growing quickly each year as more and more people turn to sleeping pills for personal use.

Common sleeping pills include the following:

  • Lunesta
  • Ambien
  • Sonata

All three of these commonly prescribed sleeping pills have similar side effects, such as the following:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood swings

As they are so similar to one another, they also pose the same kind of overdose risks to a person who is misusing them.

Symptoms of Sleeping Pill Overdose

Sleeping pills such as Ambien are designed to prevent a user from experiencing that extra lag in the morning that makes the user feel like he or she took a sleeping pill. However, when too much is consumed, feelings of overall drowsiness can occur, making the user feel like he or she is still tired.

As sleeping pills are part of the benzodiazepine family, their primary function is to slow down the entire body, including the brain. When too much is taken, the body can begin to stop functioning all together. This includes respiratory function, which can make it difficult to breathe. Many people who suffer from a sleeping pill overdose begin to experience sleep apnea, which causes their breathing patterns while sleeping to become inconsistent and shallow. Many times, this can cause death in users.

The body can also quickly go into a coma as a result of a sleeping pill overdose. This is a much more severe side effect of a sleeping pill overdose, and it can cause a great deal of brain damage.

Sleeping pill overdose accounts for many deaths each year in the United States alone. The most dangerous part of this drug is that the more relaxed it makes a user feel, the more likely it will end up causing an overdose. The relaxation aspect of the drug’s use is what makes it so addictive.

Preventing Sleeping Pill Overdose

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