Review: Sedative-hypnotics increase adverse effects more than they improve sleep quality in older persons with insomnia

July 2006
ACP Journal Club;Jul/Aug2006, Vol. 145 Issue 1, p14
Academic Journal
The article presents information on a study which determines sedative hypnotics in older people with insomnia. In the study, researchers find that in older persons with insomnia, what are the benefits and risks of short-term use of sedative hypnotics. The study shows that in older persons with insomnia, short-term treatment with sedative hypnotics is twice as likely to produce an adverse effect as improve the quality of sleep. According to the researchers, studies excluded patients with psychiatric disorders that could disrupt sleep, ensured that participants were cognitively able to complete the subjective outcome assessment and included a washout period between drug treatments.


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