NO BENZO: INCULCATING HEALTHY SLEEP HYGIENE

Raja Sadhu

Abstract


The epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose is frontpage news currently. It has led to concerted efforts to reduce overprescribing of opioids, a major cause of the current opioid crisis facing the nation. However, there is one other major drug class overprescribing, which has not garnered similar attention-the inappropriate prescribing of benzodiazepines, like alprazolam, clonazepam, diazepam, and lorazepam. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved benzodiazepines for a diverse set of clinical indications, including for sleeplessness and insomnia, but also for anxiety, seizures, and acute alcohol withdrawal, and also prescribed off-label for restless legs syndrome and depression.


Keywords


INCULCATING, overprescribing, depression

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Dzara K, Dukett J, Shen F, Kraleti S, Ramanujam A, Jain G. Psychology Students’ Views Toward Psychiatrists and Psychologists. The Journal of the Arkansas Medical Society 2017; 114 (6):128-130.

Jain G, Singhal S, Mahajan A, Ramanujam A, Kraleti S, Kumar S, Fogla S. Deprescribing Antidepressants: An overview with practical clinical scenarios. Accepted for publication in the Journal of the Arkansas Medical Society, December, 2017.

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