Many central nervous system drugs can have adverse effects in elderly patients. The nurse knows that the use of which of the following medications should be avoided in elderly adults with insomnia?


• Many sedative central nervous system drugs should be used cautiously in elderly patients.

• Ambien should be avoided due to a higher incidence of adverse side effects.

• Ambien causes increased risk of falls, higher potential for dependence, and a higher risk of confusion and daytime sedation in the elderly.

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