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Prescription insomnia medication use on the rise

KEY POINT

According to a recent study of community-dwelling adults, use of insomnia medication within the prior month increased over an approximate 10-year period (1999–2010), with a high rate of concurrent use of other sedating medications. Notably, use of nonbenzodiazepine benzodiazepine-receptor agonists increased 4-fold during this time period. 

SOURCES

Bertisch SM et al. National use of prescription medications for insomnia: NHANES 1999–2010. Sleep. 2014;37(2):343–349.