Chapter 5. Sedative–Hypnotic Agents

  1. Jeffrey A. Lieberman M.D. Professor Chair1 and
  2. Allan Tasman M.D. Professor Chair2

Published Online: 3 JUL 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470029439.ch5

Handbook of Psychiatric Drugs

Handbook of Psychiatric Drugs

How to Cite

Lieberman, J. A. and Tasman, A. (2006) Sedative–Hypnotic Agents, in Handbook of Psychiatric Drugs, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470029439.ch5

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Director, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 JUL 2006
  2. Published Print: 31 MAR 2006

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470028216

Online ISBN: 9780470029435



  • normal sleep - rapid eye movement (REM) and non-REM sleep;
  • insomnia in mood, anxiety, psychotic disorders;
  • careful diagnostic assessment treatment;
  • sedative–hypnotic agents;
  • non-prescription agents - Over-the-counter (OTC) sleep aids;
  • prescription medications;
  • BZDs in transient and situational insomnias;
  • drug interaction and special precautions;
  • CYP 1A2 isoform in insomnia


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Pharmacology

  • Drug Selection

  • Treatment Implementation

  • Adverse Effects

  • Drug Interactions and Special Precautions

  • Summary

  • Additional Reading