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
These drugs may be used to treat conditions that contribute towards sleep disruption such as restless legs syndrome, nocturnal eating syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, and insomnia related to bipolar disorder.
Examples of anticonvulsants:
- Tegretol (carbamazepine)
- Carbatrol (carbamazepine extended-release)
- Depakene (valproic acid)
- Depakote (divalproex sodium)
- Neurontin (gabapentin)
These drugs may be used to improve daytime wakefulness and to control excessive daytime sleepiness and loss of muscle control in people with narcolepsy.
Examples of antinarcoleptics:
REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information.
Peter O’Connor, M.D.
American Board of Otolaryngology with subspecialty in Sleep Medicine
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