Dependence on benzodiazepines or Z-drugs: having that conversation
Many of us have patients who have been taking benzodiazepines or Z-drugs for longer than recommended. This article highlights the benefits of reviewing treatment. It discusses the short- and long-term adverse effects of these medicines, withdrawal symptoms and the criteria for and treatment of dependency. It also looks at talking to patients, both new and long-term users, about what they need to know when taking these medicines.
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Graham Parsons, DipCommPharm, MRPharmS, is a pharmacist with a special interest in substance misuse, at NHS Plymouth.
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Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11108130
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