Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Hypnotic Prescribing Trends

A new survey finds that latency to sleep onset (rather than sleep maintenance) is what Primary care doctor's consider the most important attribute in selecting a hypnotic:
Decision Resources, a research and advisory firm focusing on pharmaceutical and health care issues, finds that a drug's effect on latency to sleep onset is the attribute that most influences the prescribing decisions of surveyed primary care physicians (PCPs) in the treatment of insomnia.
I prescribe Ambien, which is good for helping a person fall asleep, much more than Ambien CR, which is better for sleep maintenance. Ambien is also now generic and much cheaper than Ambien CR.

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