Comorbid zolpidem dependence and over-the-counter compound analgesic abuse

Hyounwook Kim, Cheolmin Shin, Young Hoon Ko, Changsu Han

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    Zolpidem is a commonly prescribed hypnotic used to treat insomnia. However, its potential for abuse and dependence has recently become controversial. Although over-the-counter (OTC) medications are widely used, their abuse potential has not received much research attention. We report a case of comorbid zolpidem and OTC compound analgesic abuse. OTC analgesics may serve as gateway drugs, and physicians must be cautious about this issue, especially when prescribing hypnotics or benzodiazepines.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)323-325
    Number of pages3
    JournalClinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2019 May

    Bibliographical note

    Funding Information:
    This research was supported by a grant of the Korea Health Technology R&D Project through the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), funded by the Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea (HC15C1405). 

    Publisher Copyright:
    © 2019 Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology. All rights reserved.


    • Abuse
    • Dependence
    • Over the counter drugs
    • Zolpidem

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Psychiatry and Mental health
    • Behavioral Neuroscience
    • Pharmacology (medical)


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