DETOXIFICATION - THE USE OF BENZODIAZEPINES

Authors
Citation
Gk. Shaw, DETOXIFICATION - THE USE OF BENZODIAZEPINES, Alcohol and alcoholism, 30(6), 1995, pp. 765-770
Citations number
20
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Substance Abuse
Journal title
ISSN journal
0735-0414
Volume
30
Issue
6
Year of publication
1995
Pages
765 - 770
Database
ISI
SICI code
0735-0414(1995)30:6<765:D-TUOB>2.0.ZU;2-S
Abstract
The use of benzodiazepines in the management of alcohol withdrawal in chemically dependent alcoholics is reviewed. Benzodiazepines are safer than earlier sedative drugs used for this purpose, such as barbiturat es, chloral hydrate and paraldehyde. Differences in efficacy between i ndividual benzodiazepines are slight, but benefits and disadvantages o f longer acting (diazepam and chlordiazepoxide) drugs and shorter acti ng (lorazepam and oxazepam) are compared. Long-term outcome is comment ed on.