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Clinical challenges in managing zolpidem use disorder

1 Department of Psychiatry, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Ramaiah Medical College, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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K Ganesh Kini,
Department of Psychiatry, Yenepoya Medical College, University Road, Deralakatte, Mangalore - 575 018, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/aip.aip_133_20

Zolpidem was popularized as a hypnotic with low abuse potential in the early years of its introduction. However, several cases of zolpidem use disorder necessitating medical intervention have been reported from across the world. The absence of their mention in standard treatment guidelines presents clinicians with significant challenges in managing craving and withdrawal symptoms in patients. We report a case of a 26-year-old male who presented to us with zolpidem misuse to cope with depression for two long years. We would like to draw attention to the clinical challenges we faced in managing the case. We urge apex health bodies to consider developing evidence-based recommendations or standards of treatment of zolpidem use disorder.

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