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Zolpidem-induced amnesia and somnambulism: Rare occurrences?

Zolpidem-induced amnesia and somnambulism: Rare occurrences?

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    Tsai JH, Yang P, Chen CC, et al. European Neuropsychopharmacology. 2009;19(1):74–76.

    Abstract
    Zolpidem, a non-benzodiazepine hypnotic of the imidazopyridine class, is very effective in treating insomnia with previous claims of little adverse effects. However, zolpidem-induced somnambulism and amnesic sleep-related behavioral problems were begun to be reported in literature but no systemic investigation has been undertaken in non-Western cultures. In our current retrospective survey, 5.1% (13 out of 255) of Taiwanese patients reported change in sleep-related behavior as adverse effects. This serves as a reminder for clinicians to inquire regarding any unusual behavior of parasomniac activities when prescribing zolpidem.