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Zolpidem, Somnambulism and Sleep Eating (200)

Zolpidem, Somnambulism and Sleep Eating (200)

  1. Jatelka
    General Hospital Psychiatry 30 (2008) 90-91

    Sansone and Sansone
    Zolpidem (Ambien) is a commonly prescribed, schedule IV, nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic that acts on benzodiazepine receptor sites by altering GABA-A receptor chloride channels. In March of 2007, the Food and Drug Administration required the manufacturers of zolpidem to provide an educational guide for each prescription recipient. The guide informs patients about the potential risks of zolpidem, which include unusual sleep-related behaviors such as driving while not fully awake with accompanying amnesia, and making telephone calls and eating while “asleep.” According to the Clinical Psychopharmacology database [1], approximately 1% of patients taking normal doses of zolpidem experience amnesia. The database also states that complex behaviors such as nocturnal eating have been “reported anecdotally,” but “clinical reports are unpublished and unsubstantiated.”
    In this case report, we describe a female patient who, while taking zolpidem, experienced somnambulism and nocturnal eating in conjunction with amnesia.