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Eur Neuropsychopharmacol. 2009 Jan;19(1):74-6. doi: 10.1016/j.euroneuro.2008.08.007. Epub 2008 Sep 25.

Zolpidem-induced amnesia and somnambulism: rare occurrences?

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Kaohsiung Municipal Hsiao-Kang Hospital, Taiwan, ROC.

Abstract

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.

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