Which sedative-hypnotics are used in the treatment of insomnia?

Updated: Sep 11, 2018
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Sedative-hypnotics are the most commonly prescribed drugs for insomnia. Though not usually curative, they can provide symptomatic relief when used alone or adjunctively. Such agents include the following:

  • Short- and intermediate-acting benzodiazepines (eg, triazolam, temazepam, estazolam)

  • Eszopiclone

  • Zolpidem

  • Zaleplon

  • Ramelteon


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