Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
|Title:||Management of benzodiazepine misuse and dependence||Authors:||Murnion, Bridin ;Brett, J.||Issue Date:||Oct-2015||Source:||Volume 38, Issue 5, pp. 152 - 155||Journal title:||Australian Prescriber||Abstract:||There are well-recognised harms from long-term use of benzodiazepines. These include dependency, cognitive decline and falls. It is important to prevent and recognise benzodiazepine dependence. A thorough risk assessment guides optimal management and the necessity for referral. The management of dependence involves either gradual benzodiazepine withdrawal or maintenance treatment. Prescribing interventions, substitution, psychotherapies and pharmacotherapies can all contribute. Unless the patient is elderly, it is helpful to switch to a long-acting benzodiazepine in both withdrawal and maintenance therapy. The dose should be gradually reduced over weeks to lower the risk of seizures. Harms from drugs such as zopiclone and zolpidem are less well characterised. Dependence is managed in the same manner as benzodiazepine dependence.||URI:||https://elibrary.cclhd.health.nsw.gov.au/cclhdjspui/handle/1/1647||Pubmed:||https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26648651||ISSN:||0312-8008||Publicaton type:||Journal Article||Keywords:||Drug and Alcohol||Study or Trial:||Reviews/Systematic Reviews|
|Appears in Collections:||Health Service Research|
Show full item record
checked on Jan 29, 2023
Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.