Long-term outcome of two forms of randomised benzodiazepine discontinuation

R. C. Oude Voshaar*, W. J.M.J. Gorgels, A. J.J. Mol, A. J.L.M. Van Balkom, J. Mulder, E. H. Van De Lisdonk, M. H.M. Breteler, F. G. Zitman

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About two-thirds of long-term users of benzodiazepines in the population are able to discontinue this drug with the aid of supervised programmes for tapering off. Little is known about the long-term outcome of such programmes, and they have never been compared with usual care. After a 15-month follow-up of a randomised controlled trial comparing such a programme with and without psychotherapy with usual care, we found significantly higher longitudinal abstinence rates in long-term benzodiazepine users who received a benzodiazepine tapering-off programme without psychotherapy (25 out of 69, 36%) compared with those who received usual care (5 out of 33, 15%; P=0.03).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-189
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Issue numberFEB.
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006

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