Prescribing drugs of dependence in general practice - Part B: Benzodiazepines


When, how and why to prescribe benzodiazepines

Prescribing drugs of dependence in general practice - Part B: Benzodiazepines


Drugs of dependence have important therapeutic uses, but there is a need to ensure the supply of these medicines is clinically appropriate.

A key measure is accountable prescribing that can be supported by a range of strategies at the practice level.

Implementing principles from Part B of the guide will facilitate accountable prescribing of benzodiazepines, improve practice systems of care and support patient-focused care.

This guide represents a synthesis of the best available evidence for benzodiazepine use in the primary care setting.

Consistent with all medications, prescribing benzodiazepines requires clear patient selection and ongoing clinical monitoring to optimise outcomes.

The risk – benefit ratio of benzodiazepines changes considerably with concomitant psychoactive drugs, or comorbid alcohol or substance abuse or misuse.

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