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


  • Abuse
  • Dependence
  • Over the counter drugs
  • Zolpidem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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