BAD DREAM – Either prescription or over-the-counter, sleeping pills are far from harmless little magic pills. In an off-series, the 60 million consumer magazine warns of their dangers, whether they are the addiction they are causing or their possible side effects.
– Charlotte Anglad
In France, one in three people say bad or do not sleep enough. For good reason, we lost in fifty years 1:30 sleep a day. And to fall into Morpheus' hands for good, ten million French people resort to sleeping pills. With an over-the-counter or recipe, it's far from harmless.
In his latest issue to appear on Friday, 9 November, 60 million consumers has studied with the help of experts on the hidden side of these substances, but many studies claim they are virtually no more effective than placebo.
Significant side effects
There are currently three non-prescription sleeping pills on the market: Dornomyl, Lidene and Phenergan. Anyone can cause significant side effects. For example, Dornomyl has a long-lasting sedative effect. It takes about ten hours to reduce the concentration of the product in the blood by half 60 million consumers. The dangers of daytime dangers are therefore very real. Like Lidene, it may expose, rarely, disturbances near vision or digestive disorders (constipation). Phenergan may cause vertigo, poor coordination or an allergic reaction, such as photosensitization.
Regarding sleeping prescription pills, side effects should be taken seriously again. They may range from impaired concentration to sleepwalking, delusional ideas and aggression to suicide attempts. Drinking alcohol during treatment can significantly aggravate these results. Some studies suggest, on the other hand, that these drugs could trigger Alzheimer's disease and some cancers.
The dangers that led the AAA-VAM to Assume the High Authority of Health (HAS) in 2016. After that, HAS and ANSM proposed to the Ministry of Health an action plan for the proper use of benzodiazepines (one of the main substances used in sleeping pills) intended for healthcare professionals and the general public, including a communication campaign or a prescription-only campaign.
An addiction that comes to a galloping
Any type of sleep aid, 60 million consumers note that they are consumed systematically over a much longer period than the recommended one. Normally, prescription sleeping pills are prescribed for one month maximum. They are actually taken, on average, over seven months. Taking sleeping pills over the counter should not be longer than fifteen days then, but actually reaches about six months. A risk when physical or mental dependence occurs very quickly: after a month only. So difficult to get rid of this addiction. "When they do not take their pill before going to bed, abrupt cessation of treatment causes shortage syndrome. Insomnia syndromes increase ten times and are accompanied by anxiety attacks, headaches, nightmares … and sometimes even spasms and hallucinations, "the journal writes. So, for a few months treatment, one-year weaning may be needed with the help of a doctor.
Melatonin, a substance that should not be taken lightly
Melatonin, whose fashion comes straight from the United States, is still very rare in France a few years ago. Today, there has been a significant portion of pharmacies. This hormone that interferes with the regulation of the biological rhythm and is synthesized in the form of a dietary or medication supplement is very popular with unthinkable individuals or people who want to recover quickly from the jet lag. Or accurate 60 million consumers, taking melatonin, which is naturally excreted until the age of 55, would be effective and useful only from that age. An elderly person can simply disturb his cycle and aggravate the problems of sleep.
The other problem highlighted by the magazine and the magazine prescribe is the dosage. Melatonin is actually recommended as a medicine at a dose of 2 mg per dose. Many dietary supplements contain 1.9 mg. An almost similar amount that can cause the same side effects without medical attention to the medicine: syncope, drowsiness, headache, convulsions or various types of rashes and digestive disorders.