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Strathmore Surgery Hypnotic and Anxiolytic Prescribing Policy

NOTICE TO ALL PATIENTS


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


                   Chlordiazepoxide


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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