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One rare side effect of zolpidem--sleepwalking: a case report.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15954071     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Zolpidem is an imidazopyridine agent indicated for the short-term treatment of insomnia. Sleepwalking is a rare side effect of zolpidem. A review of the literature produced only 2 cases. We report a case of a male rehabilitation inpatient in his mid fifties with a history of alcoholism and traumatic brain injury who had undergone a right hip hemiarthroplasty. He had no history of somnambulism or insomnia but walked in his sleep on 2 nonconsecutive nights after taking zolpidem. He had exhibited no such behavior before taking zolpidem, on the intervening night that was he was not given medication, and after the medication was discontinued. We conclude that zolpidem can cause sleepwalking, and patients who have suffered a brain injury may be more susceptible to this side effect. Here we describe the clinical presentation and review the relevant literature on zolpidem and sleepwalking.
Weibin Yang; Mary Dollear; Sri Ranjini Muthukrishnan
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation     Volume:  86     ISSN:  0003-9993     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch Phys Med Rehabil     Publication Date:  2005 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-06-14     Completed Date:  2005-07-26     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985158R     Medline TA:  Arch Phys Med Rehabil     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1265-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Hypnotics and Sedatives / administration & dosage,  adverse effects*
Middle Aged
Pyridines / administration & dosage,  adverse effects*
Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / drug therapy
Somnambulism / chemically induced*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Hypnotics and Sedatives; 0/Pyridines; 82626-48-0/zolpidem

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