Fatal overdose of zopiclone in an elderly woman with bronchogenic carcinoma.

  • Bramness J
  • Arnestad M
  • Karinen R
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The death of a 72-year-old woman with respiratory debilitation due to bronchogenic carcinoma is described. She overdosed herself with probably 200 to 350 mg of zopiclone. Zopiclone, quantitated by HPLC in femoral postmortem blood, was found to be 1.9 mg/L (4.8 micromol/L). This level is higher than many other zopiclone fatalities reported. We report a case where only zopiclone was detected.

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  • Aged
  • Autopsy
  • Azabicyclo Compounds
  • Cause of Death
  • Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid
  • Drug Overdose
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypnotics and Sedatives
  • Hypnotics and Sedatives: poisoning
  • Lung Neoplasms
  • Piperazines
  • Piperazines: poisoning

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  • SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-0035182658
  • ISSN: 0022-1198
  • PMID: 11569575
  • SGR: 0035182658
  • PUI: 33089443
  • ISBN: 0022-1198


  • J G Bramness

  • M Arnestad

  • R Karinen

  • T Hilberg

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