Skip 
Navigation Link

1215 South Walnut Ave.
Demopolis, AL 36732 mapmap

Access to Care: 800.239.2901

Sleep Disorders
Resources
Basic InformationLatest News
Health Tip: Get the Facts on Alcohol and SleepHealth Tip: If You Have Sleep ApneaWarming Climate, More Sleepless Nights?Sleepless Nights Could Pose Heart Risk DangersSleep Apnea Reporting Low Among Individuals Aged ≥65Sleep Apnea May Boost Odds of Irregular HeartbeatDocs May Not Spot Sleep Apnea, Insomnia in BlacksSleep Apnea May Boost Pregnancy ComplicationsHealth Tip: Slipping Back Into SleepPast Prescribing Behavior Predicts Choice of Insomnia RxWhat Guides Docs' Sleeping Pill Picks? 'Same Old Same Old,' Study SaysSkimp on Sleep and You Just May Wind Up SickSleepless Nights Linked to Asthma Later in LifeThe ABCs of Good ZzzzzsJury Still Out on Whether to Screen All Adults for Sleep ApneaHealth Tip: 5 Things to Help You Sleep SoundlyMany Misuse OTC Sleep Aids: SurveyHealth Tip: Struggling in the Morning?VA ECHO Program Feasible for Management of Sleep DisordersStudy Finds Genetic Link Between Sleep Problems and ObesityStudy Sees Link Between Insomnia, AsthmaWeb-Based Help for Insomnia Shows PromiseHealth Tip: When Sleep is InterruptedCPAP Improves Asthma Control, QoL for Adults With Asthma, OSASleep Apnea May Boost Risk for Post-Op ProblemsHome-Based CBT Program for Sleep Feasible in PregnancyHealth Tip: Making the Transition to SleepSleep Troubles, Heart Troubles?Why Some Women Find Good Sleep Tough to GetSleep Apnea Diagnoses Up Among Outpatients From 1993 to 2010Mouse Study Suggests Brain Circuit Involved in Sleep-Wake CycleResistant Hypertension Linked to Increased Risk of Sleep ApneaDrowsy Driving Causes 1 in 5 Fatal Crashes: ReportStudy Links Sleep Problems to Stroke Risk, RecoveryHealth Tip: Considering a Sleep Study?Sleep Disorders 6 Times Higher Among VeteransAssociated Professional Sleep Societies, June 5-9, 2010
Questions and AnswersVideosLinksBook Reviews
Related Topics

Medical Disorders
Mental Disorders

Past Prescribing Behavior Predicts Choice of Insomnia Rx


HealthDay News
Updated: Mar 2nd 2017

new article illustration

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In treatment of insomnia, historical preference for a certain medication is highly predictive of future prescribing behavior, according to a study published online Feb. 9 in Scientific Reports.

Andrew Beam, Ph.D., of Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues analyzed the medical records, including clinical notes, of 1,105 insomnia patients. They focused on zolpidem and trazodone.

The researchers found that a doctor who prescribed a particular insomnia medication in the past was three times as likely to continue prescribing the same drug. Patients with symptoms of depression in addition to insomnia were a little more likely than those without depression to receive a prescription for trazodone.

"Our results illuminate the notion that just as everyone else, many physicians are creatures of habit who tend to rely on cognitive shortcuts in their decision-making," Beam said in a Harvard news release.

Abstract/Full Text