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How to Safely Prescribe Z-Drugs

By: zdavis | August 13th , 2020 | The Carlat Psychiatry Blog| 0 Comment

There’s good reason to be careful prescribing Z-drugs. Here’s an overview of Dr. Reban Aziz’s recent article in The Carlat Addiction Treatment Report. Safety Tips Go short-term or intermittent to reduce the potential for adverse events and withdrawal. Avoid for SUD or complex sleep disorders.  Use as last resort after considering ot

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Safe Use of Gabapentin with Patients

By: jives | June 19th , 2019 | The Carlat Psychiatry Blog| 0 Comment

Although there’s been a lot of discussion about gabapentin’s abuse potential, gabapentin substance use disorders are pretty rare, with one study finding that only 2% of 44,148 patients using gabapentin alone met criteria for sustained overuse (Peckham et al, Pharmacotherapy, in press). The one area where you should show caution, however, is when pat

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