a. Ambulatory patients (those patients able to walk) should be warned to avoid activities that require mental alertness, judgment, and physical coordination while taking sedative-hypnotics.
b. Alcohol should not be consumed with sedative-hypnotic agents. This is because both the alcohol and the sedative-hypnotic would both act to depress the central nervous system.
c. Caution should be observed when these drugs are given to patients who have impaired liver function, since the sedative-hypnotics are broken down in the liver.
d. Sedative-hypnotic agents are probably best prescribed and taken only on an irregular basis when needed. Some physicians believe that a short (that is, week long) course of scheduled sedative-hypnotic therapy is the most desirable. The aim is not to offer the patient the opportunity to become physically or psychologically dependent upon the drugs.
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