Management of Nightmare Disorder in Adults

Erin D. Callen, PharmD, BCPS; Tiffany L. Kessler, PharmD, BCPS; Krista G. Brooks, PharmD; Tom W. Davis, MD


US Pharmacist. 2018;43(11):21-26. 

In This Article

The Pharmacist's Role

Pharmacist awareness of nightmare disorder is becoming increasingly important. As the number of patients with PTSD continues to rise owing to war, mass shootings, and other traumatic events, the incidence of nightmare disorder will increase accordingly. Because patients may be hesitant or embarrassed to discuss nightmares with their primary care provider, pharmacists should learn to recognize the symptoms and common causes of nightmare disorder so that they can identify patients who may need referral for evaluation and treatment. Pharmacists should also be familiar with the pharmacologic agents that may be used to treat this condition so that they can appropriately counsel patients dealing with this disorder.