Benzodiazepines in Ireland: Are they over-prescribed?
Dr Muiris Houston examines why Irish people over 65 are highest consumers of ‘benzos’ in OECD
Prescribing guidelines suggest benzodiazepines not be prescribed for a period greater than four weeks. File image: Getty Images/iStockphoto
What are Benzodiazepines and what are they used for?
Benzodiazepines are a family of drugs used to induce sleep and to treat anxiety. They are also used as anticonvulsants and for intravenous sedation. Short-acting ones are used as hypnotics, while longer acting ones tend to be used as tranquillisers.