J Korean Geriatr Soc.  2015 Dec;19(4):241-243. 10.4235/jkgs.2015.19.4.241.

The Effects of Zolpidem on Akinesia in a Parkinson Disease Patient: A Case Report

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  • 1Department of Neurology, Kosin University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea. merritt329@hanmail.net

Abstract

Zolpidem, an imidazopyridine drug that affects the gamma-aminobutyric acid receptor, is typically used as a hypnotic sedative. It has been reported that this drug improves motor symptoms in patients with various movement disorders, including Parkinson disease. We presented a patient with advanced Parkinson disease who demonstrated improved akinesia after taking zolpidem without sleep induction or consciousness changes.

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Zolpidem; Gamma-aminobutyric acid; Parkinson disease
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