Benzodiazepines

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Benzodiazepines: New Risks for an Old Drug

Topics: Benzodiazepines

In the May 2018 issue of TCPR, we wrote about using benzodiazepines for anxiety and other disorders, and we got some reader feedback that we did not provide a thorough enough review of medication risks. So, in a follow-up article this month, I will focus on two groups where benzos pose the greatest risks: opioid users and the elderly. Benzodiazepines

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Benzodiazepines in Children and Adolescents

Topics: Benzodiazepines | Child Psychiatry | Pharmacology

Michael, who’s 9, is brought in by his parents for his first psychiatric assessment. His parents report that lately, Michael has been worrying all the time. He asks to sleep in his parents’ bed. This past month, he also began having problems separating from his parents in the morning for school. Michael’s therapist suggested a medication assessmen

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Medication Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Substance Abusers

Topics: Addiction | Anxiety Disorder | Benzodiazepines | Psychopharmacology Tips

Among substance abusers, anxiety seems to be more the rule than the exception. Studies show that up to 50% of patients with alcohol dependence or drug dependence have some type of anxiety disorder (Lai HM et al, Drug Alcohol Depend 2015;154:1–13). But anxiety comes in many flavors other than official DSM disorders. In any given substance-abusing

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Expert Q&A

Benzodiazepines: Dependence, Tolerance, and Addiction

Topics: Addiction | Anxiety Disorder | Benzodiazepines | Psychopharmacology Tips

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Research Update

Do Benzodiazepines Cause Dementia? Latest Study Casts Doubt

Topics: Benzodiazepines | Dementia

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What Psychiatrists Should Know About Sleep Medicine

Topics: Benzodiazepines | Practice Tools and Tips | Psychopharmacology Tips | Sleep Disorders

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Benzodiazepine Use and Alzheimer’s Risk

Topics: Benzodiazepines | Dementia

If you’re like most psychiatrists, you get your fair share of older folks who come into the office complaining of difficulties with sleep or with significant symptoms of anxiety. In many of these cases, after an adequate workup, it’s not unusual to use at least a short course of benzodiazepines such as Restoril or Ativan. We’ve known for some t

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Expert Q&A

Alcohol and Benzodiazepine Detoxification

Topics: Addiction | Benzodiazepines | Substance Abuse

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Mood Disorders