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Daniel Kripke, M.D.

Daniel F. Kripke, M.D. is a licensed physician certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. He also has done research with the Scripps Clinic Viterbi Family Sleep Center.  Dr. Kripke was elected a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, co-authored hundreds of medical articles and has given invited lectures in 18 countries. In 1973, Dr. Kripke established one of the first sleep clinics in the United States.  He treated patients with sleep disorders until retirement from his clinical practice at age 70.  Dr. Kripke continues to be active as a researcher and as an advocate for raising awareness of the dangers associated with sleeping pills, particularly hypnotic drugs.

Dr. Kripke’s research has shown that hypnotic drugs, especially certain benzodiazepines and Z drugs with similar actions on the brain, have the potential to cause infection, depression, and are associated with increased risk of death and cancer.  Dr. Kripke’s desire in joining Benzodiazepine Information Coalition is to inform the public about the grave risks of these drugs.

Learn more about Dr. Kripke’s research at The Dark Side of Sleeping Pills

 

 

 

 

Is Short Sleep a Big Bad Wolf?
Dr. Daniel Kripke blogs for the Huffington Post about lack of sleep: Who wants you to be afraid of short ...
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Is Short Sleep a Big Bad Wolf?

Questions About the Death of Justice Scalia
Dr. Daniel Kripke blogs for Huffington Post about Justice Scalia's death. In Justice Scalia's case, we wonder if the sudden ...
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Questions About the Death of Justice Scalia

Dr. Daniel Kripke, Scripps Sleep Center
Dr. Daniel Kripke, a researcher at the Scripps Clinic Viterbi Family Sleep Center, talks with Joanne Faryon about a new ...
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Dr. Daniel Kripke, Scripps Sleep Center

Sleep, Inc.
In this Penn & Teller: Bullshit! episode, our own Dr. Daniel Kripke, a sleep research expert, debunks the effectiveness of ...
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Sleep, Inc.

 

Hypnotic drug risks of mortality, infection, depression, and cancer: but lack of benefit
A review by Dr. Daniel Kripke: This is a review of hypnotic drug risks and benefits. Almost every month, new ...
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Hypnotic drug risks of mortality, infection, depression, and cancer: but lack of benefit

What do hypnotics cost hospitals and healthcare?
A review by about the cost of hypnotics on healthcare and hospitals by Dr. Daniel Kripke:  Hypnotics (sleeping pills) are ...
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What do hypnotics cost hospitals and healthcare?

I petitioned the FDA to restrict hypnotics: here is why
Dr. Daniel Kripke explains why he petitioned the FDA about hypnotics.  Read I petitioned the FDA to restrict hypnotics: here ...
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I petitioned the FDA to restrict hypnotics: here is why

Mortality Risk of Hypnotics: Strengths and Limits of Evidence
Dr. Daniel Kripke's meta-analyisis of hypnotic mortality risks: Sleeping pills, more formally defined as hypnotics, are sedatives used to induce ...
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Mortality Risk of Hypnotics: Strengths and Limits of Evidence

Do hypnotic drugs cause cancer, like cigarettes?
Dr. Daniel Kripke examines if hypnotic drugs cause cancer.  Read Do hypnotic drugs cause cancer, like cigarettes? HERE ...
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Do hypnotic drugs cause cancer, like cigarettes?

"Rebound" is not an appropriate criterion for withdrawal insomnia
Read "Rebound" is not an appropriate criterion for withdrawal insomnia HERE ...
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“Rebound” is not an appropriate criterion for withdrawal insomnia

Hypnotics cause insomnia: evidence from clinical trials
A review article from Dr. Daniel Kripke. Read Hypnotics cause insomnia: evidence from clinical trials HERE ...
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Hypnotics cause insomnia: evidence from clinical trials

Meta-analyses of hypnotics and infections: eszopiclone, ramelteon, zaleplon, and zolpidem
Dr. Daniel Kripke's meta-analysis of hypnotics and infections.  Study objectives: Recent meta-analyses raising concern about risks of hypnotics suggest a ...
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Meta-analyses of hypnotics and infections: eszopiclone, ramelteon, zaleplon, and zolpidem

Possibility that certain hypnotics might cause cancer in skin
Dr. Daniel Kripke examines the possibility that certain hypnotics might cause skin cancer: Fifteen epidemiologic studies have associated hypnotic drugs with ...
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Possibility that certain hypnotics might cause cancer in skin

 

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