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Sleeping Pills for Insomnia and Anxiety in Older People (AGS)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Drugs
Article Type: Advice
Language: Lower Literacy, Lower Literacy Spanish, Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: American Geriatrics Society
Format: HTML, PDF
Most recent update: 03/29/2017
Nearly one-third of older people in the United States take sleeping pills. These drugs are called “sedative- hypnotics” or “tranquilizers.” They affect the brain and spinal cord. Doctors prescribe the drugs for sleep problems. The drugs are also used to treat other conditions, such as anxiety or alcohol withdrawal. Usually older adults should try non-drug treatments first.