The diagnosis and management of benzodiazepine dependence.

@article{Ashton2005TheDA,
  title={The diagnosis and management of benzodiazepine dependence.},
  author={Heather Ashton},
  journal={Current opinion in psychiatry},
  year={2005},
  volume={18 3},
  pages={
          249-55
        }
}
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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