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Zolpidem-induced amnesia and somnambulism: rare occurrences?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18819779     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Zolpidem, a non-benzodiazepine hypnotic of the imidazopyridine class, is very effective in treating insomnia with previous claims of little adverse effects. However, zolpidem-induced somnambulism and amnesic sleep-related behavioral problems were begun to be reported in literature but no systemic investigation has been undertaken in non-Western cultures. In our current retrospective survey, 5.1% (13 out of 255) of Taiwanese patients reported change in sleep-related behavior as adverse effects. This serves as a reminder for clinicians to inquire regarding any unusual behavior of parasomniac activities when prescribing zolpidem.
Jui-Hsiu Tsai; Pinchen Yang; Cheng-Chung Chen; Weilum Chung; Tze-Chun Tang; Shing-Yaw Wang; Jong-Kang Liu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-09-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  European neuropsychopharmacology : the journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1873-7862     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur Neuropsychopharmacol     Publication Date:  2009 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-09     Completed Date:  2009-04-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9111390     Medline TA:  Eur Neuropsychopharmacol     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  74-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, Kaohsiung Municipal Hsiao-Kang Hospital, Taiwan, ROC.
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MeSH Terms
Amnesia / chemically induced*,  epidemiology,  psychology*
Health Surveys
Hypnotics and Sedatives / adverse effects*
Middle Aged
Pyridines / adverse effects*
Retrospective Studies
Somnambulism / chemically induced*,  epidemiology,  psychology*
Taiwan / epidemiology
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Hypnotics and Sedatives; 0/Pyridines; 82626-48-0/zolpidem

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