Benzodiazepines for Anxiety: Where They Fit In
The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Volume 16, Number 5, April 2018
Michael Posternak, MD.
Psychiatrist in private practice, Boston, MA
Dr. Posternak has disclosed that he has no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
Benzodiazepines (BZDs) are widely used, rarely studied, and much maligned. So where exactly do they fit in today’s medication arsenal for treating anxiety? This article discusses when BZDs are appropriate and when they are not, and how to choose among the various BZDs.
But before doing so, let’s first address the elephant that always seems to be lurking in the BZD room: their addictive potential.