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Sleep Disorders Part IV: Pharmacology of Sleep Disorders in Children, Adults, and the Elderly

Sleep Disorders Part IV: Pharmacology of Sleep Disorders in Children, Adults, and the Elderly

Course author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
Contact Hours: 6.5
Pharmacology Hours: 6.50

Price: $19.44
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Price includes all materials and certificate of completion.

Target audience:
   Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Registered Nurses,
   Licensed Practical Nurses, and Medical Assistants

Format: Homestudy
This course expires on: 8/30/2017
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Course Description
In today’s world, sleep disruptions and disorders are growing more prevalent, and it is not uncommon to utilize pharmacology to treat these issues. As our understanding of sleep disorders grows, pharmacological solutions can be tailored to each individual’s needs, regardless of age or other factors. Medical professionals should understand the role that sedatives and stimulants can play in treating sleep disorders, as well as the potential adverse effects of these treatments, and the specific interactions that may arise in each age group.

Course Outline
  1. Introduction
  2. Sedatives
    1. Sedative Categories
      1. Benzodiazepines
      2. Barbiturates
      3. Hypnotics
      4. Antihistamines
  3. Antidepressants
  4. Effects on the Central Nervous System
    1. Side Effects
    2. Pain Reduction
    3. Reduced Anxiety
    4. Muscle Relaxation
  5. Medication Adverse Effects
    1. Addiction / Withdrawal
    2. Increased Tolerance of Other Drugs
    3. Sedative Intoxication
    4. Psychosocial Behaviors
  6. Stimulant Medications
    1. Effects on the Central Nervous System
    2. Indications
      1. Narcolepsy
      2. Weight Loss
      3. Depression
      4. Fatigue
      5. Attentional Disruptions
    3. Adverse Effects
    4. Addiction / Withdrawal
    5. Hostility
    6. Paranoia
    7. Irregular Heartbeat
    8. High Body Temperature
    9. Cardiovascular Failure
  7. Herbal Medications and Vitamins
    1. Pros for Using Herbal Preparations
    2. Cons for Using Herbal Preparations
  8. Research
  9. Summary
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The author, planning committee, and reviewers have no financial or other conflicts of interest related to this course. There is no sponsorship or commercial support used for this course.

There is no "off label" usage of drugs or products discussed in this course.

Often both generic and trade names are used in courses. Trade names may be referred to in a course to promote familiarity and does not suggest endorsement of any individual product over another.

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