Can Sleeping Pills Cause Chronic Fatigue? The CBCD Summarizes Scientific Studies

Industry: Health & Fitness

The AARP says that sleeping pills can cause chronic fatigue. (1) The CBCD reviews the scientific literature and recommends two natural treatments.

Rochester, NY (PRUnderground) June 9th, 2014

“Sleeping pills increase the number of latent viruses. Latent viruses cause chronic fatigue. Suffering from chronic fatigue? We recommend taking Novirin or Gene-Eden-VIR.” – Greg Bennett, CBCD

Dr. Armon B. Neel Jr., M.D., writing for the AARP, says that sleeping pills and other sedatives can cause chronic fatigue. “Benzodiazepines can cause sedation and fatigue by dampening activity in key parts of the central nervous system (CNS). People who take a benzodiazepine for more than two or three weeks may develop a tolerance to the drug, and over time may need to take increasing doses to achieve the same effect, only worsening their fatigue. Long-term effects also may include muscle weakness. It’s important to remember that it takes older people up to three times longer than younger people to flush these drugs out of their bodies. The ensuing buildup of the drug in the body puts older people at a much higher risk for experiencing fatigue and for developing physical or psychological dependence. Benzodiazepine withdrawal can also cause fatigue.” (1) Armon B. Neel Jr., PharmD, CGP, is a board-certified geriatric pharmacist who writes regularly for the AARP.

These sedatives can also weaken the immune system. The drug classes mentioned above, “Analgesic and sedation agents have clearly been shown to alter cellular function and other mediators of the immune system.” (1) Moreover, another study showed that “the immune system and blood vessels can be adversely affected to a greater extent by short-term chronic administration of (sedatives).” (2) In other words, prescriptions sedatives and sleeping pills can damage the immune system. When this happens, an infection with a latent virus, such as the Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) is possible, which can lead to a variety of symptoms and diseases.

The CBCD recommends that people infected with a latent virus take Gene-Eden-VIR or Novirin. The formula of these natural antiviral products was tested by Hanan Polansky and Edan Itzkovitz from the CBCD in two clinical studies that followed FDA guidelines. The studies showed that the Gene-Eden-VIR and Novirin formula is effective against the herpes simplex virus, and other viruses. The clinical studies were published in the peer reviewed, medical journal Pharmacology & Pharmacy, the first, in a special edition on Advances in Antiviral Drugs.  Study authors wrote that, “individuals infected with the HSV … reported a safe decrease in their symptoms following treatment with Gene-Eden-VIR.” (3)  The study authors also wrote that, “we observed a statistically significant decrease in the severity, duration, and frequency of symptoms.” (3)

Both products can be ordered online on the Gene-Eden-VIR and Novirin websites.

Gene-Eden-VIR and Novirin are natural antiviral dietary supplements. Their formula contains five natural ingredients: Selenium, Camellia Sinesis Extract, Quercetin, Cinnamomum Extract, and Licorice Extract. The first ingredient is a trace element, and the other four are plant extracts. Each ingredient and its dose was chosen through a scientific approach. Scientists at polyDNA, the company that invented and patented the formula, scanned thousands of scientific and medical papers published in various medical and scientific journals, and identified the safest and most effective natural ingredients against latent viruses. To date, Gene-Eden-VIR and Novirin are the only natural antiviral products on the market with published clinical studies that support their claims.

The CBCD recommends that individuals, who take sedatives or sleeping pills, also take Gene-Eden-VIR or Novirin.  The formula of these natural antivirals targets the latent EBV, and was recently proven to reduce mental and physical fatigue in a post-marketing clinical study that followed FDA guidelines (4).

Interested individuals can view the two published studies on natural antiviral products here, and


(1) 9 Types of Medications That Can Lead to Chronic Fatigue. Published on June 12, 2012.

(2) Ghada E. Elmesallamy, Marwa A. Abass, Nahla A.G. Ahmed Refat, and Amal H. Atta Differential effects of alprazolam and clonazepam on the immune system and blood vessels of non-stressed and stressed adult male albino rats. Interdiscip Toxicol. Sep 2011; 4(3): 132–143.

(3) Polansky H, Itzkovitz E. Gene-Eden-VIR Is Antiviral: Results of a Post Marketing Clinical Study. Pharmacology & Pharmacy, 2013, 4, 1-8

(4) Polansky H, Itzkovitz E. Gene-Eden-VIR Decreased Physical and Mental Fatigue in a Post Marketing Clinical Study That Followed FDA Guidelines; Results Support Microcompetition Theory. Pharmacology & Pharmacy, 2014, 5, 280-290



About CBCD

About CBCD

The Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease ( is a not-for-profit tax-exempt organization under section 501(c) 3 of the IRS tax code. The center’s mission is to advance the research on the biology of chronic disease and to accelerate the discovery of a cure for these diseases. The CBCD first published Dr. Hanan Polansky’s highly acclaimed “Purple” book, entitled “Microcompetition with Foreign DNA and the Origin of Chronic Disease” in 2003. In this book, he explains how foreign DNA fragments can cause many major diseases. The book has been read by more than 5,000 scientists around the world, and has been reviewed in more than 20 leading scientific journals. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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