The diagnosis and management of benzodiazepine dependence

  title={The diagnosis and management of benzodiazepine dependence},
  author={H. Ashton},
  journal={Current Opinion in Psychiatry},
  • H. Ashton
  • Published 2005
  • Medicine
  • Current Opinion in Psychiatry
  • Purpose of review Despite repeated recommendations to limit benzodiazepines to short-term use (2–4 weeks), doctors worldwide are still prescribing them for months or years. This over-prescribing has resulted in large populations of long-term users who have become dependent on benzodiazepines and has also led to leakage of benzodiazepines into the illicit drug market. This review outlines the risks of long-term benzodiazepine use, gives guidelines on the management of benzodiazepine withdrawal… CONTINUE READING
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