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      Long-term benzodiazepine and Z-drugs use in the UK: a survey of general practice

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          Current British National Formulary (BNF) guidelines state that benzodiazepines and zolpidem, zopiclone, and zaleplon, commonly known as Z-drugs (BZD), be prescribed for no more than 4 weeks, although anecdotal data suggest that many patients are prescribed BZDs for much longer. As there are no recent, evidence-based estimates of long-term (>12 months) BZD use in the UK, the scale of this potential problem is unknown.

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          Journal
          British Journal of General Practice
          Br J Gen Pract
          Royal College of General Practitioners
          0960-1643
          1478-5242
          August 31 2017
          September 17 2017
          : 67
          : 662
          : e609-e613
          Article
          10.3399/bjgp17X691865
          5569740
          28716996
          © 2017
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