Behandelmethoden om langdurig benzodiazepinegebruik te staken

Translated title of the contribution: Treatment methods for discontinuing long-term benzodiazepine use

R. C. Oude Voshaar*, W. J.M.J. Gorgels, A. J.J. Mol, J. E. Couvée, A. J.L.M. Van Balkom, F. G. Zitman

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Abstract

- Treatment strategies for discontinuing long-term benzodiazepine usage can be divided into minimal interventions and gradual discontinuation programs. - Minimal interventions invite patients to quit their long-term benzodiazepine usage on their own by making them aware of the adverse effects. This type of intervention is successful in about one fifth of patients. - Gradual discontinuation programs are more extensive interventions in order to help those patients who are unable to discontinue benzodiazepine use on their own. These programs are successful in two-thirds of the patients and can be combined with additional pharmacological or psychological treatment. - Once the withdrawal symptoms have diminished, most patients have an improved psychological functioning compared to when they were using benzodiazepines. Furthermore, no increase in medical consumption has been found.

Translated title of the contributionTreatment methods for discontinuing long-term benzodiazepine use
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)1347-1350
Number of pages4
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Volume145
Issue number28
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2001

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