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Unsafe use of zolpidem is common

KEY POINT

An assessment of national survey data from 2015 showed that many patients used zolpidem in unsafe ways, such as by administering higher-than-recommended doses (females and older adults), using the drug for a sustained period, and combining it with other central nervous system (CNS) depressants.

SOURCES

Moore TJ, et al. Assessment of patterns of potentially unsafe use of zolpidem. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2018;[Epub ahead of print].

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