Journal of Addictive Behaviors,Therapy & RehabilitationISSN: 2324-9005

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Case Report, J Addict Behav Ther Rehabil Vol: 5 Issue: 1

Zolpidem Abuse in a Patient with Breathing Pattern Disorder

Konstantinos Kontoangelos1,2*, Marina Economou1,2 and Charalambos C Papageorgiou1,2
11st Department of Psychiatry, Athens University Medical School, Eginition Hospital
2University Mental Health Research Institute , Athens, Greece
Corresponding author : Konstantinos Kontoangelos, MD
Athens University Medical School, 1st Department of Psychiatry, Eginition Hospital, 74 Vas Sofias Avenue, 11528, Athens, Greece
Tel: 0030-210-7289189
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received: January 07, 2016 Accepted: May 05, 2016 Published: May 18, 2016
Citation: Kontoangelos K, Economou M, Papageorgiou CC (2016) Zolpidem Abuse in a Patient with Breathing Pattern Disorder. J Addict Behav Ther Rehabil 5:1. doi:10.4172/2324-9005.1000151


Introduction: Zolpidem is a nonbenzodiazepine sedative-hypnotic agent which binds selectively to the benzodiazepine ω1-receptor subtype in the central nervous system.

Case Presentation: This is case of 56-year old woman suffering from Breathing Pattern Disorder. Her symptoms of insomnia as well as her craving for anxiolytic effect of zolpidem, that helped her to cope with everyday activities, transformed her into a zolpidem abuser. The patient discontinued zolpidem use and respiratory function improved. Treatment with antidepressant improved her psychosocial state.

Discussion: Zolpidem is an interesting alternative to benzodiazepines in the treatment of insomnia under a range of cautious medical supervision and prescription.

Keywords: Zolpidem; Breathing Pattern Disorder (BPD), Respiratory failure, Suicide, Overdose, Coma, Depression

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