Pharmacotherapy of Insomnia
For the purposes of this chapter, “hypnotic medication” is synonymous with “benzodiazepine sedative—hypnotics.” In our opinion, there is almost never an indication to use an older, nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic (e.g., barbiturates, chloral hydrate, glutethimide, meprobamate) for the treatment of insomnia. In situations where depression or nonrestorative sleep syndrome (alpha—delta sleep) is present, the use of a sedating tricyclic antidepressant may be indicated. This will be discussed later.
KeywordsAnxiety Disorder Sleep Disorder Borderline Personality Disorder Sleep Hygiene Chronic Insomnia
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