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

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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Duration: 4 hours

Course Summary

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 Format

Homestudy

Course Syllabus

  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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