Pharmacologic treatment of insomnia

Shelby Freedman Harris, M. J. Thorpy, R. Monderer

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Insomnia is a highly prevalent issue in today's society, causing significant daytime impairment and decrements in quality of life. While cognitive behavioral approaches are growing in popularity as a first-line treatment, pharmacologic interventions have a significant role in insomnia management. This article reviews a multitude of standard, off-label, and over-the-counter medications that are frequently used. More studies are needed to investigate the long-term usage of hypnotic medication, as insomnia is a significant public health issue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1-6, Second Edition
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780323910941
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023


  • Behavioral treatment of insomnia
  • Cognitive therapy for insomnia
  • Special considerations for the nonpharmacological treatment of insomnia
  • Treatment of insomnia: adjunctive and alternative treatment of insomnia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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