Long-term benzodiazepine use and withdrawal

Withdrawal should be considered when the harmful effects of medication outweigh its benefits. Only one physician should be in charge of prescribing benzodiazepines to a particular patient. Withdrawal should be carried out slowly and gradually over several weeks or months. Any associated psychiatric problems or substance misuse must be addressed at the same time.If applicable, keep a low threshold in making a special agreement with the patient and an appropriate pharmacy concerning drug delivery. The risk of developing dependence may be reduced if the stopping time is already planned at the time of prescription.