This narrative review discusses a new formulation of the established pharmacological sleep aid zolpidem (Intermezzo, Transcept/Purdue Pharma cleared for market by the Food and Drug Administration in November 2012), the first sleep aid indicated exclusively for the treatment of middle-of-the-night.
This risk increased with dose with greater use of zolpidem (defined here as ≥300 mg/year). This study did not gather data from patients on smoking, alcohol consumption, or obesity, all of which may have contributed to higher cancer rates. Since this is a single retrospective study in a highly homogeneous population, it requires confirmation, particularly in light of such unusual findings. A retrospective health insurance database study ( n = 14,950) in Taiwan found that zolpidem users had a greater risk than nonusers for developing any of several types of cancer (overall hazard ratio 1.68, 95% confidence interval, 1.57 to 3.56), with men at higher risk than women.
Thus, fast-acting low-dose zolpidem is associated with a rapid onset of short-term (four hours) sedation.
To our knowledge, however, no previous studies have evaluated the effect of zolpidem on post-operative narcotic requirements, pain, and fatigue in patients undergoing outpatient arthroscopic ACL reconstruction. The purpose of this prospective, blinded, randomized, controlled clinical study was to evaluate the effect of.
P value: zolpidem versus placebo.
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High post-operative pain levels have been correlated with clinically significant sleeping problems in patients undergoing elective outpatient surgery. The ability of zolpidem to reduce narcotic consumption and fatigue has previously been demonstrated in patients undergoing knee arthroscopy. In the post-operative patient, pain can initiate a vicious cycle whereby discomfort affects a patient’s ability to sleep.
Merson said her father, Bill Willis, was prescribed a generic form of the sleep-aid Zolpidem after her mother, his wife of 25 years, died from lung disease. "When he went to the doctor, he told him he was having a great deal of trouble sleeping, and that he could hear her screaming, calling for him night after.
Willis' primary care doctor prescribed the drug, which is known by brand names such as Ambien and Zolpimist.
Perez, a pulmonologist at Rex Hospital, says patients with insomnia should be fully evaluated for underlying conditions before a drug like Zolpidem is prescribed.
"Once a sleep aid is prescribed, it is recommended that it be for as short a duration as possible," he added.
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In a new study, researchers at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, in Philadelphia, found that people taking the popular sleep aid zolpidem (Ambien) snoozed through nighttime reflux instead of arousing from slumber for the second or two it takes to swallow. Swallowing is the bodys natural defense.
“ protects your esophagus because you neutralize the acid with saliva, which is rich in bicarbonate,” explains lead author Anthony J. DiMarino Jr., MD, the William Rorer Professor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College and the chief of the hospitals Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Casl, MD, a professor of medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, says the study is “extremely important” for GERD patients. “It sends a definite warning that serious levels of acid reflux can occur without detection after a sleeping aid, and that the prolonged acid exposure has the potential to produce injury to the esophageal lining that might not otherwise occur,” he says.
Although only two studies were of high enough quality to be included in the review, pooled data showed a 2.5-fold increased risk of Parkinson's disease among patients taking zolpidem (Ambien), Salman Hussain, PhD, of Hamdard University in New Delhi in India, reported at the Movement Disorders.
"We found that there's an increased risk of getting Parkinson's disease among zolpidem users, but to confirm the association and make it robust, more study is needed, Hussain told MedPage Today.
There were 42,171 zolpidem users and 809 Parkinson's cases in the Yang study and 2,961 zolpidem users and 157 Parkinson's cases in the Huang study. The Yang study included 101,719 patients treated for 5 years, and the Huang study included 14,805 patients treated for 10 years.
last updated 06.07.2017.