Volume 46, Issue 5 (September 2001)

    Fatal Overdose of Zopiclone in an Elderly Woman with Bronchogenic Carcinoma

    (Received 31 May 2000; accepted 13 October 2000)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    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 µmol/L). This level is higher than many other zopiclone fatalities reported. We report a case where only zopiclone was detected.


    Author Information:

    Bramness, JG
    Medical officer, National Institute of Forensic Toxicology, Oslo,

    Arnestad, M
    Medical officer, Institute of Forensic Pathology, National Hospital, Oslo,

    Karinen, R
    Research officer, National Institute of Forensic Toxicology, Oslo,

    Hilberg, T
    Senior medical officer, National Institute of Forensic Toxicology, Oslo,


    Stock #: JFS15131J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS15131J

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    Title Fatal Overdose of Zopiclone in an Elderly Woman with Bronchogenic Carcinoma
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    Committee E30