Unexpected Harmful Effects When Abusing Strong Doses Of Sleeping Pills

Unexpected Harmful Effects When Abusing Strong Doses Of Sleeping Pills

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14:072024/02/27

1. Classification Of Strong Sleeping Pills

Sleeping pills are drugs containing medicinal ingredients that cause drowsiness, often used in cases of frequent insomnia or sleep disorders.
Currently, there are many different types of sleeping pills with distinct mechanisms of action, including sedatives, antidepressants, and over-the-counter sleep aids (for example, antihistamines).
Below are some strong sleeping pills you can refer to:

* Sleeping pills are derivatives of Benzodiazepine: the main use of these drugs is sedation and creating a feeling of sleepiness. This drug is classified as a strong sleeping pill that can cause patients to become dependent on the drug if used for a long time. Usually, the following cases will be prescribed this drug: people who are constantly in a state of stress, anxiety, nervous stimulation, convulsions due to high fever, limit epileptic seizures and use it to quit drinking alcohol... The drug contains typical active ingredients clonazepam, bromazepam and diazepam;
* Sleeping pills containing Barbituric derivatives: this is a group of drugs that inhibit the activity of the central nervous system, thereby helping to cause drowsiness, sedation, and anti-epileptics and convulsions. The effects of medications that can last 8 - 12 hours include pentobarbital and phenobarbital. However, today this group of drugs is rarely used because it causes many side effects and is toxic to the body when used incorrectly;
* Other sleeping pills (Rozerem, Lunesta and Ambien): more popular because of their milder sedative effects, fewer side effects and do not cause dependence like the above two types. However, they also belong to the group of strong sleeping pills, so if used in large quantities at once, they can lead to poisoning and even threaten the user's life.

2. What Side Effects Can Using Strong Sleeping Pills Cause?

2.1. Systemic Side Effects

Using strong doses of sleeping pills can cause patients to experience serious systemic side effects as follows:

* Respiratory system problems: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, asthma asthma, breathing dysfunction (irregular breathing, panting, sleep apnea...);
* Digestive disorders: dry mouth, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, change in appetite;
* Nervous system problems: tingling or burning hands and feet, lightheadedness, dizziness, slowness, forgetfulness, memory loss, confusion, loss of ability to control behavior;
* Sleep disorders: increased sleepiness during the day, sleeping too much, lethargy,...;
* Affects liver and kidney function.

2.2. Completely Dependent On Drugs

As mentioned, strong sleeping pills such as benzodiazepine derivatives or barbiturates, if used for a long time, can lead to addiction and drug dependence. That means if you stop using it, the patient will have withdrawal symptoms such as restlessness, restlessness, difficulty sleeping, irritability, etc. Only when you start using the drug again will these symptoms improve. Therefore, if you rarely abuse drugs and follow the correct dosage and treatment time as prescribed by your doctor, you will not experience such drug dependence. In particular, if you want to stop taking the drug, do so by gradually reducing the dose, do not stop the drug suddenly.

2.3. Abusing Strong Doses Of Sleeping Pills Can Cause Death

Strong sleeping pills, if abused for a long time, can cause unpredictable harm. One of the most serious side effects of strong sleeping pills is death if used in doses 5 - 20 times higher than normal.
Although there are currently many measures to help manage the use of sleeping pills and sleeping pills have been formulated with greater safety, side effects are also somewhat reduced, but the risk of death if overdose is present. It's still entirely possible. Therefore, if you need to use sleeping pills for treatment, you need to strictly follow the instructions and absolutely do not increase the dosage arbitrarily.

3. Measures To Improve Sleep Without Medication

If you are experiencing insomnia, before considering using medication, try the following ways to improve your sleep:

* Stay away from alcoholic beverages and stimulants before going to bed;
* Create a clean, quiet, comfortable sleeping space, dark enough with appropriate room temperature, and limit sound and light stimulation. When you are in a comfortable position, it will be easier for you to fall asleep;
* Fix the time you wake up and go to bed during the day;
* Control and manage your mood well, avoid prolonged stress. This can be improved by chatting, sharing with relatives and friends, walking gently, listening to music, exercising,...;
* Eat dinner with a moderate amount of food, avoid eating too much which can cause bloating, indigestion, and difficulty sleeping;
* During the day, you should not sleep too much. Afternoon naps should only be limited to about 30 minutes. Get up early in the morning. Do not oversleep or oversleep;
* Using herbal teas and herbal medicines can also help improve sleep quality;
* In case you have to use sleeping pills, start with drugs that have a mild sedative effect, do not use strong sleeping pills from the beginning.

In general, strong sleeping pills can help you overcome chronic insomnia, but they also pose many potential health risks if abused and used incorrectly over a long period of time. Therefore, you should clearly understand each medication you use, and also see a doctor and consult a doctor about treatment with sleeping pills!