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Toward a classification of medications for sleep and circadian rhythm disorders

Authors Thorpy MJ, Roth T

Received 9 October 2013

Accepted for publication 23 October 2013

Published 6 December 2013 Volume 2013:5 Pages 143—145

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/NSS.S55679

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Michael J Thorpy,1 Thomas Roth2,3

1
Sleep-Wake Disorders Center, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx, New York, NY, USA; 2University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor, 3Sleep Disorders and Research Center, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Abstract: While some systems classify medications according to therapeutic class, others are based on the mechanism of action of the drugs. The two main classifications of medications used to treat patients in the United States are those of the United States Pharmacopeia and US Food and Drug Administration, and they vary in their organization of the medication categories. Here we propose a taxonomy for medications used to treat sleep and circadian rhythm disorders based on symptoms and disorders.

Keywords: circadian, sleep, taxonomy, classification, diagnosis

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