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Consensus Panel Prefers Nonbenzodiazepine Hypnotics for Treatment of Chronic Insomnia


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.


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

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