Guidelines for the rational use of benzodiazepines. When and what to use.

  title={Guidelines for the rational use of benzodiazepines. When and what to use.},
  author={Heather Ashton},
  volume={48 1},
The 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 days… CONTINUE READING
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