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Benzodiazepine Use May Become Long Term When Combined With Antidepressants

The clinician’s decision to start a patient on antidepressants and benzodiazepines at the same time in treating depression should be considered carefully because of potential long-term use and risks associated with benzodiazepines, according to a study published online June 7 by JAMA Psychiatry.The study found that among adults who started taking an antidepressant simultaneously with benzodiazepine therapy for treatment of depression, 12.3% of new, consistent users (22% of new, sporadic users) became long-term benzodiazepine users, defined as 6 months or longer of continuous use. This outcome was more common among...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Friday, 9 June

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