New Class of Medications for Insomnia
The new drug, suvorexant, acts on orexins in the brain to improve sleep. This is the first medication to block orexin, a neurotransmitter deep within the brain. It allowed patients stayed asleep longer with decreased awakenings during the night. Suvorexant was well tolerated without major side effects.
In my northshore clinic, I combine optimization of sleep and pain management.