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Modern Development in Sleep Medicine with Particular Reference to Zolpidem

  • Eva Pelzer

Abstract

The introduction of benzodiazepines as hypnotic agents into sleep medicine in the 60s has revolutionized therapeutical approach in the insomniac patient. This is mainly due to the fact that this group of sleep-promoting substances — in contrast to the predecessors chloral, the first synthetic hypnotic, and barbiturates — has a very high therapeutic index (Parkes, 1985).

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Sleep Medicine Respiratory Disturbance Index Chronic Insomnia Hypnotic Agent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eva Pelzer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryLudwig-Maximilians-UniversityMünickGermany

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