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Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 2.5 hours
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Course Summary

Zolpidem is a sedative-hypnotic drug that is prescribed to treat insomnia. Insomnia is a common and persistent problem for millions of people, insomnia itself is associated with medical and psychiatric comorbidities like depression, substance use, and hypertension, and untreated insomnia has serious adverse effects on an individual’s quality of life. Although zolpidem is generally recommended as a safe treatment for insomnia, substance use disorder involving zolpidem can develop in individuals who take high doses taken for a long period of time. Clinicians considering discontinuation of zolpidem should do so cautiously and observe for signs of withdrawal symptoms, especially in situations of prolonged use.

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Course Syllabus

I.              Introduction

II.           Insomnia

III.         Pharmacological Profile

1.         Drug Category

2.         Uses

3.         Mechanism of Action

4.         Available Forms

5.         Dosing

6.         Dosing Adjustment: Geriatric

7.         Dosing Adjustment: Hepatic Impairment

8.         Dosing Adjustment: Renal Impairment

9.         Contraindications

10.     Warnings

11.     Adverse Effects

12.     Use During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

IV.          Clinical Pearls: Zolpidem

V.            Zolpidem Substance Use and Withdrawal

VI.          Zolpidem Overdose

1.   Case Reports

2.   Treatment of Zolpidem Overdose

VII.       Summary


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