Sleep Disorder Medications (cont.)
Annette (Gbemudu) Ogbru, PharmD, MBA
Dr. Gbemudu received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Nova Southeastern University, her PharmD degree from University of Maryland, and MBA degree from University of Baltimore. She completed a one year post-doctoral fellowship with Rutgers University and Bristol Myers Squibb.
In this Article
- Sleep disorder drugs (hypnotic and sedative drugs) overview
- For what conditions are hypnotics used?
- Are there differences among hypnotics?
- What are the side effects of hypnotics?
- What are the drug interactions of hypnotics?
- What are some examples of hypnotic medications?
- Nonprescription sleep-aids
- Anti-Parkinson drugs
What are the side effects of hypnotics?
Side effects of hypnotics include:
- Relaxed feeling
- Lack of concentration
- Disorders of coordination
- Chest pains
- Rapid heart rate
Side effects involving the stomach and intestines include:
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
- Alterations in taste
- Dry mouth
- Excessive salivation (rare)
If any of these side effects persist or worsen, a physician should be notified promptly.
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