This module covers:
● The mechanism of action for hypnotics, including benzodiazepines, z-drugs and antihistamines
● The latest guidelines on which hypnotic should be prescribed
● Adverse effects of hypnotics, both by class and the overall effects of hypnotics therapy
● Key advice pharmacists can offer patients
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Hypnotics, used to treat insomnia, assist in getting to sleep quickly and sleeping through the night. While insomnia can be distressing and debilitating, non-pharmacological strategies should be tried first; hypnotics should only be considered if these are inappropriate or ineffective. This is because hypnotics can disturb the structure of sleep (sleep architecture), resulting in increased dreaming and waking unrefreshed, and prolonged use can lead to tolerance and dependence.