Guidelines for the Rational Use of Benzodiazepines

  title={Guidelines for the Rational Use of Benzodiazepines},
  author={Heather Ashton},
  • H. Ashton
  • Published 1 July 1994
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Drugs
SummaryThe main actions of benzodiazepines (hypnotic, anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, myorelaxant and amnesic) confer a therapeutic value in a wide range of conditions. Rational use requires consideration of the large differences in potency and elimination rates between different benzodiazepines, as well as the requirements of individual patients.As hypnotics, benzodiazepines are mainly indicated for transient or short term insomnia, for which prescriptions should if possible be limited to a few… 

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