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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