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Consensus Panel Prefers Nonbenzodiazepine Hypnotics for Treatment of Chronic Insomnia

KEY POINT

Specific strategies for treating chronic insomnia with intermittent nonbenzodiazepine hypnotics and for easing patients off benzodiazepines are presented in a report of an international expert panel’s deliberations. Nonbenzodiazepine hypnotics include zolpidem (Ambien—Sanofi-Synthélabo), zopiclone, and zaleplon (Sonata—Wyeth). Drug therapy should always be combined with behavioral and sleep hygiene measures from the outset, the panel advised.

SOURCES

Estivill E et al. Consensus on drug treatment, definition and diagnosis for insomnia. Clin Drug Invest. 2003;23:351–85.