What's wrong with prescribing hypnotics?

@article{2004WhatsWW,
  title={What's wrong with prescribing hypnotics?},
  author={},
  journal={Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin},
  year={2004},
  volume={42},
  pages={89 - 93}
}
  • Published 2004
  • Medicine
  • Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin
Expert bodies have long advised that use of hypnotic drugs should be limited to short courses for acutely distressed patients and should generally be avoided in elderly people.1–3 Despite this, more than 10 million prescriptions for hypnotics continue to be dispensed each year in England alone, mostly for benzodiazepines and drugs with similar actions such as zaleplon, zolpidem and zopiclone (so called 'Z-drugs').4 Around 80% of all such prescriptions are for people aged 65 years or over,5 and… Expand
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