What is a sedative hypnotic?
Dr. Kripke uses the phrase 'hypnotic prescriptions'. What does that mean?
'Hypnotic' is a technical word that refers to a sleeping pill. The most usually prescribed sleeping pills are classified as 'sedative hypnotics'.
A 'hypnotic prescription' is a prescription for this type of sleeping pill.
Here's Dr. Kripke's quotation again:
Receiving hypnotic prescriptions was associated with greater than threefold increased hazards of death even when prescribed fewer than 18 pills/year. This association held in separate analyses for several commonly used hypnotics and for newer shorter-acting drugs.
Hypnotics' association with mortality or cancer: a matched cohort study
Daniel Kripke et al. BMJOpen 2012
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