Hypnotics and the Elderly

  • Wallace B. Mendelson


The effects of hypnotics in the elderly are of particular concern, because of their disproportionately high use of these agents and their increased vulnerability to toxicity from them. In 1975, 20–45% of prescriptions for the various hypnotics went to persons over 60 (Cooper, 1977), who comprised roughly 14% of the population. This is perhaps in keeping with the proportionately greater percentage of all prescriptions (roughly 20%) which the elderly receive (Subcommittee on Long Term Care, 1974).


Sleep Duration Chloral Hydrate Psychoactive Drug Significant Side Effect Geriatric Psychiatry 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wallace B. Mendelson
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  1. 1.National Institute of Mental HealthBethesdaUSA

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