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. 

Anti-Anxiety Drugs Double Mortality Risk
Anti-Anxiety Drugs Double Mortality Risk
A large study has linked several common anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills to an increased risk of death, although it's not certain the drugs were the cause. For more than seven years, researchers followed 34,727 people who filled prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications like Valium and ...

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