Sleep Disorders: Drug Treatments

Last Editorial Review: 6/20/2005
The Cleveland Clinic

In some cases, doctors will prescribe medicines for the treatment of sleep disorders. Medications should be used in combination with good sleep practices and/or behavioral treatments.

Medications are often prescribed for short-term use.

Types of Medications Used to Treat Sleep Disorders

Listed below are some of the types of drugs used to treat sleep disorders. Your doctor can prescribe the appropriate medication for your particular sleep disorder.

In the Pipeline

The pharmaceutical company Lundbeck is developing a direct-acting gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) agonist to treat sleep disorders. The drug, Gaboxadol, has entered phase III development for the treatment of insomnia after promising results from phase II trials.

Reviewed by The Sleep Medicine Center at The Cleveland Clinic.

Edited by Michael J. Breus, PhD, WebMD, September 2004.

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