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Prescribing of hypnotics and anxiolytics (benzodiazepines).

These are medicines which are highly addictive and open to abuse. The UK medicines regulatory body, the MHRA, advises that doctors should avoid long-term prescribing of this type of medicine which includes the following examples:

                   Diazepam                                Nitrazepam

                   Lorazepam                              Temazepam

                   Loprazolam                             Zopiclone

                   Lormetazepam                       Zolpidem

                   Oxazepam                               Zalepon


These medicines will no longer routinely be started by the practice.

Prescriptions for these medicines:

    • Will be for short term use only (up to 2 weeks maximum)

    • Will require regular follow up/return to the practice prior to issuing

If you are already taking any of the above medicines then you may be invited to the practice for a review with your doctor to discuss a plan to step down/stop the medicine. As part of treatment with these medicines the practice will carry out random urine testing. If you would like more information please discuss with your doctor.

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