Any questions: How quickly can hypnotics be withdrawn?

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 05 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:k
  1. T Donaldson, information services manager,
  2. D N Bateman, medical director
  1. regional drug and therapeutics centre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

    How quickly can you withdraw hypnotics (especially benzodiazepines) from elderly patients admitted to hospital for management of acute illness? Is there any evidence that withdrawal should be gradual?

    The precise incidence of withdrawal reactions to hypnotics is uncertain, although it has been suggested that at least 10-15% of patients taking benzodiazepines long term develop clinically significant withdrawal reactions when …

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