Zolpidem and restoration of consciousness – fact or fiction?

André Venter


Recently the magical effect of zolpidem in bringing people in a vegetative state back to life was proclaimed in the general media. Since then physicians, including paediatricians, have been flooded by hopeful individuals seeking treatment for a wide variety of cerebral pathologies. Looking at three recent publications on this topic, all may not be as it was made out to be.

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André Venter, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, on behalf of the Paediatric Neurology and Development Association of South Africa (PANDA-SA)

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Zolpidem; Restoration of consciousness

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South African Medical Journal 2015;105(10):798. DOI:10.7196/SAMJnew.8334

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Date submitted: 2015-09-18
Date published: 2015-09-18

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