Mary Ross Southworth, PharmD; Cindy Kortepeter, PharmD; Alice Hughes, MD
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Southworth MR, Kortepeter C, Hughes A. Nonbenzodiazepine Hypnotic Use and Cases of “Sleep Driving”. Ann Intern Med. 2008;148:486-487. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-148-6-200803180-00026
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2008;148(6):486-487.
Background: “Sleep driving” is a complex, sleep-related behavior described as rising out of bed and driving a vehicle while not fully awake or during an apparent state of sleep, often with no memory of the event afterward. This phenomenon has been reported rarely in the literature (1, 2) and in conjunction with other somnambulistic behavior, such as homicidal somnambulism and nocturnal violence.
Objective: To summarize cases of sleep driving associated with the use of the nonbenzodiazepine hypnotics reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Adverse Events Reporting System.
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