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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]

Overview

Sleep disorders are common in the elderly.

Treatment

Recommended pharmacotherapies to treat sleep disorders in the elderly include the following:

Recommended Drugs

Trazadone

If the patient is delirious, then: Haldol at a low dose of 0.25 mg IV or Zyprexa (olanzapine) at a dose of 2.5 mg PO or the Zydis form at 5 mg PO.

Drugs to Avoid

Benzodiazepines, ativan, and Ambien should be avoided.




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