Sleeping Pills: Prescription or Persuasion? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/7/06

Sleeping Pills: Prescription or Persuasion?

42 million Americans take sleeping pills and there are good reasons for some, but good marketing may be the biggest reason why sales in that industry have climbed 60% in the past 5 years.

That's according to the Cleveland Clinic where researchers are asking...do patients really need a prescription for sleeping pills or are they responding to good advertising?

"What many physicians are encountering are requests by patients when they come into the office for this pill, like the butterfly pill, and things like that to help them sleep. What I think needs to be done is try to figure out what's causing the trouble sleeping in the vast majority of these patients," said Charles Bae, M.D., a neurologist with the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Bae says conditions like depression or anxiety may be hidden reasons for insomnia, but those are disorders that sleeping pills can't fix. So talk to your doctor if you're having trouble sleeping a lot. Because, he says, there are lots of reasons for that...many that can be treated without sleeping pills.

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