Benzodiazepines and related drugs for insomnia in palliative care.

  title={Benzodiazepines and related drugs for insomnia in palliative care.},
  author={Aleksandra Hirst and Rebecca Sloan},
  journal={The Cochrane database of systematic reviews},
BACKGROUND Insomnia, a subjective complaint of poor sleep and associated impairment in daytime function, is a common problem. Currently, benzodiazepines are the most used pharmacological treatment for this complaint. They are considered helpful for occasional short-term use up to four weeks but longer term use is not advised due to potential problems regarding tolerance, dosing escalation, psychological addiction and physical dependence. There is no consensus on their utility in patients with… CONTINUE READING


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