When a person is acute with their illness they need respite to have a sense of calm and for the health professional to find the correct treatment/therapy for them. However, benzodiazepines are not a treatment; prolonged use makes the person’s condition worse. If benzodiazepines are prescribed for several months the health professional must have an exit strategy for their patient to taper off their medication correctly. Sadly this doesn’t happen enough.
Short-term use of benzodiazepines and Z drugs can easily turn into long-term use thereby causing problems which lead to tolerance and dependency. Benzodiazepines and other similar drugs have many adverse effects including cognitive disturbance and decline, behavioural problems, Accident & Emergency visits, accidents, suicide, and drug-related mortality.
We promote best practice and follow Ashton Manual and NICE guidelines of medicines associated with dependence or withdrawal symptoms, safe prescribing, and withdrawal management for adults. Primary health care is an important field for efforts to reduce access to benzodiazepines,to lower the number of new users and users at risk of dependency.
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