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The NHS would not prescribe further Benzodiazepines for Craig, meaning he resorted to ordering them over the internet.
Despite some clinicians, trepidation, 70% to 90% of patients can be successfully tapered off benzodiazepines by using an individualized approach that includes tailored tapering and nonpharmacologic interventions that provide benefits that persist after the patient completes the taper.
A study has found that the misuse of benzodiazepines is strongly connected with dependence on prescription opioids or stimulants.
Donovan, M.D., from the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, and colleagues examined the mortality risks of long-term benzodiazepine exposure among 44,555 patients with COPD and PTSD identified within the Veterans Health Administration during 2010 to 2012.
Currently, the extrapolation of this therapeutic tool used for the detoxification of alcohol dependence to its use in benzodiazepine dependence lacks scientific support, unlike other strategies that have shown favorable results in successive reviews, such as the gradual and slow reduction, previous replacement by a long half-life benzodiazepine (Voshaar, Couvee, Van Balkom, Mulder, & Zitman, 2006), the addition of psychological interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy (Parr, Kavanagh, Cahill, Mitchell, & Young, 2009), and the recent evidence of the use of pregabalin and gabapentin (Sabioni, Bertram, & Le Foll, 2015) as supportive pharmacological treatment.
The Office for National Statistics has noted a year-on-year increase in "any benzodiazepine" mentioned on a death certificate between 2012-16.
The phenomenon of paradoxical agitation occurring in elderly patients on benzodiazepines "is something to be careful about, but in fact it's pretty uncommon.
The researchers analyzed the use of antipsychotics and benzodiazepines six months before and six months after persons with Alzheimer's disease begun using an opioid.
HSCB spokesman Joe Brogan said: "Benzodiazepines include drugs such as diazepam, nitrazepam, temazepam and alprazolam.
Benzodiazepines. Psychotropic and anticonvulsant agents.