Pharmacology of New Sleep-Improving Drugs

  • J. M. Stutzmann
  • P. M. Laduron
  • J. C. Blanchard
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Our modern way of life with its high levels of stress and anxiety has increased the salience of problems associated with insomnia and consequently also the search for drugs to alleviate this symptom. This review presents the most recent pharmacological data on two types of new sleep-improving drugs: (a) new hypnotics, which have proven active in humans, and (b) sleep modulators, which represent a speculative but interesting approach to the treatment of sleep disorders. We describe here compounds representative of each in terms of pharmacological profile and biochemical characteristics.


Slow Wave Sleep Pharmacological Profile Sleep Modulator Behavioral Pharmacology Electroencephalographic Study 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. M. Stutzmann
  • P. M. Laduron
  • J. C. Blanchard
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre de Recherches de VitryRhône Poulenc SantéVitry CedexFrance

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