[Long-term use of benzodiazepines].

  title={[Long-term use of benzodiazepines].},
  author={Wim J. M. J. Gorgels and R C Richard Oude Voshaar and Audrey J J Mol and Marinus Hermanus Maria Breteler and E H van de Lisdonk and Frans G Zitman},
  journal={Nederlands tijdschrift voor geneeskunde},
  volume={145 28},
Benzodiazepines are the most prescribed drugs in the Netherlands. There is scarcely an indication for long-term benzodiazepine use. Long-term use may lead to dependency and is associated with an increased risk of accidents/falls and cognitive function impairment. Therefore national and international guidelines advocate a conservative prescription policy, especially with respect to long-term prescription. It appears that these guidelines are not followed in practice. A standard sized general… CONTINUE READING