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CASE REPORT
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 431-433

Benzodiazepine maintenance for alcohol dependence: A case series


Department of Psychiatry, JIPMER, Puducherry, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Balaji Bharadwaj
Department of Psychiatry, JIPMER, Puducherry - 605 006
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2249-4863.220038

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Alcohol addiction is a chronic relapsing syndrome. Benzodiazepines remain as the mainstay for detoxification, taking care of the acute withdrawal syndrome. There is fear of dependence and abuse of benzodiazepines on prolonged use. Here, we selectively interviewed ten cases who were on longer duration of benzodiazepines to elicit their potential perceived benefits, attitudes, and any adverse effect. Three patients experienced adverse effects. None of them had features of benzodiazepine dependence. We opine that in select cases, benzodiazepine use should persist beyond detox period, and its benefits continue beyond the acute withdrawal phase while monitoring their safety/adverse effects.


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