A HealthDay news report indicates that sedative sleeping pills can almost double the risk of an auto accident among new users when compared to nonusers.

University of Washington researchers found an increased risk for crashes for people taking Restoril (temazepam), Desyrel (trazodone) or Ambien (zolpidem).

That risk continued for up to a year among regular users, according to the study.

“Risks associated with sleeping pills have been known for some time, though this study shows some compelling real-world consequences,” said Michael Grandner, an instructor in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, who had no involvement with the study.

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