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Successful Treatment of Night Terrors and Somnambulism with Paroxetine

  • A. R. Lillywhite (a1), S. J. Wilson (a1) and D. J. Nutt (a1)
Abstract

A patient with a 30-year history of somnambulism and night terrors is described. The use of a home ambulatory sleep electroencephalogram (EEG) recording in clarifying the diagnosis and in monitoring the results of treatment is illustrated and successful treatment using a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor is reported.

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Successful Treatment of Night Terrors and Somnambulism with Paroxetine

  • A. R. Lillywhite (a1), S. J. Wilson (a1) and D. J. Nutt (a1)
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