Sedatives May Raise Pneumonia Risk

Study found benzodiazepines, used for anxiety and sleep, also boosted chances of dying from pneumonia

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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.

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