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|Title:||Treatment of circadian rhythm disorders|
|Abstract:||Embodiments of the invention relate to the use of a melatonin agonist in the treatment of free running circadian rhythms in patients, including light perception impaired patients, e.g., blind patients, and to methods of measuring circadian rhythm.|
|Inventor(s):||Dressman; Marlene Michelle (Germantown, MD), Feeney; John Joseph (Olney, MD), Licamele; Louis William (Potomac, MD), Polymeropoulos; Mihael H. (Potomac, MD)|
|Assignee:||Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Washington, DC)|
|Patent Claims:||1. A method of entraining a light perception impaired patient suffering from Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder to a 24-hour sleep-wake cycle in which the patient awakens at or near a target wake time following a daily sleep period of approximately 7 to 9 hours, wherein the patient is being treated with fluvoxamine, the method comprising: (A) discontinuing the fluvoxamine treatment and then (B) orally treating the patient with 20 mg of tasimelteon once daily before a target bedtime, thereby avoiding the use of tasimelteon in combination with fluvoxamine.|
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