[Benzodiazepines : known risks and recent data].
- Competence Center for Methodology and Statistics
Benzodiazepines have been considered the treat¬ment of choice for a variety of neuropsychiatric disorders. They are currently much more controversial and drugs consi¬dered less dangerous are generally preferred. This article summarizes the characteristics of the different benzodiaze¬pines present on the Belgian market. It describes abuse and dependence, as well as the risks of these substances in specific populations or situations. New data suggest that there is a much higher risk of decease in case of a chronic use. Finally, recommendations on rational use and withdrawal are given