As a Geriatrician, board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Care Medicine, having taught at UCSF, now with a house calls practice in San Francisco, I was concerned to see the recommendation of using sleeping pills like Ambien in Alzheimer's or other dementia. Trazadone is OK, except can cause a drop in blood pressure. The other sleeping pills can cause more agitation, disinhibition and confusion and falls. And they often don't work after a week or so. I was wondering what studies you site. More often the antidepressants, such as Citalopram, can decrease agitation and improve sleep without the above side effects.
Elizabeth Landsverk MD