Anti-Anxiety Drugs May Increase Mortality Risk
the MPR take:
Patients taking anxiolytic and hypnotic drugs have a significantly increased risk of mortality compared to those not taking medications for anxiety and sleeping problems. The study, published in BMJ, followed 34,727 patients aged >16 years over 7 years who were first prescribed anxiolytic or hypnotic drugs, or both, between 1998–2001 along with 69 ,418 patients with no prescriptions for such drugs matched by age, sex, and practice. Excluding deaths in the first year, an additional four patient death per 100 people were reported in those taking these medications, compared to the control group. Illness severity was not controlled in the study.
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