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Sedatives May Raise Pneumonia Risk
Date:12/6/2012

o. They depress the respiratory system and they are cough suppressants," he explained.

If the cough reflex is suppressed, there is going to be a high rate of pneumonia in the population in the study, Horovitz said.

Horovitz advises not using these drug as sleep aids. "You can use something that isn't a benzodiazepine, like Ambien or Lunesta, or melatonin if you are trying to be natural about it," he said. "Benzos are a band-aid on anxiety or a panic attack, they are not the answer."

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For more on benzodiazepines, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Robert Sanders, M.D., senior clinical research associate, Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London; Len Horovitz, M.D., internist and pulmonologist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; Dec. 5, 2012, Thorax, online


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