Sedatives and medicines for sleep problems

Sedatives, hypnotics

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The Sedatives and medicines for sleep problems subcategory of medicines is also known as sedatives, hypnotics and sleeping tablets or pills.

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For health professionals (Health professional publication)
31 Oct 2014 Benzodiazepines use long term may cause dementia, a study suggests that daily use for more than 3 months increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease
09 Jul 2014 While sleeping pills may seem like the easy answer to insomnia, they may not be the best solution for your needs. Your doctor or pharmacist can help. Find out more
(Media release)
06 Jun 2014 A new, hidden population dependent on prescribed or over-the-counter drugs is emerging, according to an article in the latest edition of Australian Prescriber.
For health professionals (CPD activity)
23 May 2014 Determine the appropriateness of the use of hypnotic medicines for insomnia in your aged care home. Identify opportunities for improving quality use of these drugs, and act on them.
For health professionals (e-newsletter for health professionals)
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For health professionals (Health professional publication)
12 Feb 2014 Medicines are a significant cause of hospitalisation and potential mortality in older people. A Finnish study has demonstrated a link between cumulative use of anticholinergic and sedative medicines and increased hospitalisation and mortality.
For health professionals (Topic)
30 Aug 2013 Some medicines can increase the risk of poor outcomes for older people and should be avoided
17 Apr 2013 The number of hours you sleep is different for everyone and can change over time. What matters most is the quality of sleep. Read about insomnia, including alternatives to sleeping pills.
(Consumer publication)
27 Feb 2013 When it comes to sleeping pills, you need to understand the risks, use them safely and know when to avoid them. Read how.
(Consumer publication)
22 Feb 2013 Read why developing good sleep habits is usually a better way of overcoming sleep problems than using medicines.

Active ingredients used in sedatives and medicines for sleep problems