Sleeping Pill Overdose
Sleeping pills are powerful pharmaceutical drugs prescribed to millions each year to help patients with insomnia and other sleep-related issues. However, even when used correctly, these powerful drugs have been proven to be dangerous for many users, leading to respiratory depression, coma, and death. Respiratory depression means that the brain essentially forgets to tell the lungs to keep breathing. The cause of respiratory depression is usually a dangerous cocktail of sleeping medications, pain killers and anxiety medications.
At the Law Offices of Peter W. Summerill, our lawyers understand that pharmacists and physicians in Utah must exercise extreme care in prescribing sleeping medication – especially when combined with pain medication or anxiety medication – in order to avoid causing respiratory depression. If a physician or pharmacist gives a patient a dangerous cocktail of medications that leads to serious injury or a wrongful death, Utah law provides the right for the heirs, children and spouse to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against a drug’s manufacturer.
Common types of sleeping pills
Types of sleeping pills that have been associated with drug overdose include, but aren’t limited to, the following medications:
Between 2005 and 2010, the number of emergency room visits tied to Zolpidem by women increased by 274 percent, whereas the number emergency visits by men for the same reason rose 144 percent, the agency noted. Furthermore, the number of prescriptions written for other drugs, such as painkillers or antidepressants, combined with Zolpidem prescriptions increased from 39 million in 2008 to almost 44 million in 2012, according to data from IMS Health.