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Prolonged benzodiazepine treatment in adults with anxiety disorders

Disclaimer: this record is a non mandatory recommendation to help in health care decision making process. After reading it, patients are encouraged to review the information carefully with their physicians. Never disregard professional medical advice.


  • Anxiety disorders represent one of the most frequent mental health problems of the general population, and they can affect the quality of life.
  • The use of benzodiazepines in our environment is one the highest in the world, especially among the elderly.
  • A prolonged use of benzodiazepines, i.e. over 4 weeks, is not recommended in the treatment of anxiety disorders in adults, due to the risk of tolerance, dependence and severe secondary effects associated to these drugs (cognitive and memory alterations, somnolence, increased risk of falls and traffic accidents).

Adults with anxiety disorders should not be given a prolonged treatment with benzodiazepines.

  • Drug Advisory Council in the field of Primary Care and Community (CAMAPC)
Update:  27.10.2016