Dato4. sep 2017
Ugeskr Læger 2017;179:V04170274
Benzodiazepines still play a role in modern psychiatric therapy
Benzodiazepines (BZ) are widely used for anxiety across psychiatric diagnoses, but for the last decades regulation has been increasingly tight due to problems with tolerance, addiction, withdrawal symptoms and cognitive side effects. Some guidelines claim that BZ only work for few weeks, and that BZ cause traffic accidents, increased mortality and dementia. In Denmark, the use of BZ has been substantially reduced. In this article, it is argued that not all patients habituate, that most of the epidemiological findings are hampered by confounding, and that there still is a role for long-term use of BZ in the treatment of anxiety.