What are the risks of taking prescription sleeping pills?

The risks of taking prescription sleeping pills include taking them for too long, taking the wrong dose and not leaving enough time to sleep, which could lead to dangerous consequences. Watch as sleep expert Michael Breus, PhD, explains these risks.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Many people are afraid to take prescription sleeping pills because of a fear of dependence or overdose. Today's prescription sleeping pills don't carry the same risk as sleeping pills of the past, so don't worry, especially if you don't have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.

However, prescription sleeping pills do have some risks, especially for people with kidney or liver disease. As always, discuss any concerns or issues with your doctor.

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