Consider Melatonin an Option for Sleep in Elderly Patients

The shift AWAY from using sleep meds (zolpidem, benzos, etc) will have more patients asking about melatonin for insomnia.

Most sleep meds are on the Beers Criteria of high-risk meds in the elderly...and some payers still evaluate their use as a quality measure.

Recent insomnia guidelines also reinforce the dangers with Rx hypnotics...such as impaired driving, falls, and fractures.

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