Hypnotic Sedative Drug Side Effect

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Hypnotics are medications that cause sleep or partial loss of consciousness.


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Hypnotics are prescribed for insomnia (difficulty sleeping). These drugs include benzodiazepines and non-benzodiazepines.

Hypnotics should only be taken under a doctor's direction. They may be unsafe when mixed with alcohol or with each other. Taking hypnotics with alcohol or with each other can lead to excessive drowsiness (sedation) and even death.

Before taking a hypnotic for sleep...

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