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Benzodiazepines: Risks and benefits. A reconsideration

Benzodiazepines: Risks and benefits. A reconsideration
Benzodiazepines: Risks and benefits. A reconsideration
Over the last decade there have been further developments in our knowledge of the risks and benefits of benzodiazepines, and of the risks and benefits of alternatives to benzodiazepines. Representatives drawn from the Psychopharmacology Special Interest Group of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Association for Psychopharmacology together examined these developments, and have provided this joint statement with recommendations
for clinical practice. The working group was mindful of widespread concerns about benzodiazepines and related anxiolytic and hypnotic drugs. The group believes that whenever benzodiazepines are prescribed, the potential for dependence or other harmful effects must be considered. However, the group also believes that the risks of dependence associated with long-term use should be balanced against the benefits that in many cases follow from the short or intermittent use of benzodiazepines and the risk of the underlying conditions for which treatment is being provided.
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Baldwin, D.S., Aitchison, K., Bateson, A., Curran, H.V., Davies, S., Leonard, B., Nutt, D.J., Stephens, D.N. and Wilson, S. (2013) Benzodiazepines: Risks and benefits. A reconsideration. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 27 (11), 967-971. (doi:10.1177/0269881113503509).

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Over the last decade there have been further developments in our knowledge of the risks and benefits of benzodiazepines, and of the risks and benefits of alternatives to benzodiazepines. Representatives drawn from the Psychopharmacology Special Interest Group of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Association for Psychopharmacology together examined these developments, and have provided this joint statement with recommendations
for clinical practice. The working group was mindful of widespread concerns about benzodiazepines and related anxiolytic and hypnotic drugs. The group believes that whenever benzodiazepines are prescribed, the potential for dependence or other harmful effects must be considered. However, the group also believes that the risks of dependence associated with long-term use should be balanced against the benefits that in many cases follow from the short or intermittent use of benzodiazepines and the risk of the underlying conditions for which treatment is being provided.

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Published date: November 2013
Organisations: Faculty of Medicine

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Local EPrints ID: 367922
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/367922
ISSN: 0269-8811
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Date deposited: 21 Aug 2014 09:07
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 01:53

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Author: D.S. Baldwin
Author: K. Aitchison
Author: A. Bateson
Author: H.V. Curran
Author: S. Davies
Author: B. Leonard
Author: D.J. Nutt
Author: D.N. Stephens
Author: S. Wilson

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