Journal article

The effect of single oral doses of zopiclone on nocturnal melatonin secretion in healthy male volunteers

TR Norman, J Piccolo, N Voudouris, GD Burrows

PROGRESS IN NEURO-PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY & BIOLOGICAL PSYCHIATRY | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2001

Abstract

The effects of single oral doses of zopiclone and temazepam were investigated in eight healthy male volunteers using a single blind, placebo controlled cross over study. Doses of zopiclone were 7.5 and 15 mg while the dose of temazepam was 20 mg. Each dose was separated by at least a one-week washout period. For each subject the dim light melatonin onset (DLMO) was determined on a screening night and the drugs were administered at the time of the DLMO. Melatonin concentrations were determined by radioimmunoassay from plasma samples collected throughout the night. Both temazepam and zopiclone tended to reduce the amount of melatonin secreted, as determined by the area under the plasma concent..

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