Benzodiazepines: Challenges and Solutions

Benzodiazepines: Challenges and Solutions |March 19, 2024 | Christopher Blazes, MD

Benzodiazepines are powerful psychoactive substances that have many important uses in clinical practice. They also, however have been over utilized in inappropriate situations leading to physiologic dependence and addiction. The process of discontinuation or tapering can be challenging and lead to complex clinical situations and patient interactions. The standard of care for deprescribing has been a taper but there is emerging interest in evidence that alternative mechanisms for deprescribing may have a place in clinical practice. There is also a subset of patients who develop chronic sequela from long-term benzodiazepine use even after prolonged periods of abstinence.

Objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of complex persistent benzodiazepine dependence
  • Gain exposure to underutilized alternatives to benzodiazepine tapers for discontinuation.
  • Review the sequela of long-term benzodiazepine use.
  • Review the historical perspective of benzodiazepine marketing and how it led to them being prescribed predominantly to women.
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