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What happens when doctors stop prescribing temazepam? Use of alternative therapies.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9830189     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We investigated the withdrawal of temazepam in a single general practice using two alternative prescribing policies: an alternative benzodiazepine; or an alternative group of drugs recommended for short-term management of insomnia, including sedative antihistamines and chloral hydrate. The study showed that temazepam prescribing in general practice can be reduced or stopped by using a simple intervention. An alternative benzodiazepine is useful in helping patients to stop their use of hypnotic agents. The use of antihistamines as substitute hypnotics is not advocated on the basis of our findings.
T C Gilhooly; M G Webster; N W Poole; S Ross
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners     Volume:  48     ISSN:  0960-1643     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Gen Pract     Publication Date:  1998 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-12-04     Completed Date:  1998-12-04     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9005323     Medline TA:  Br J Gen Pract     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1601-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
Parkhead Health Centre, Glasgow.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Anti-Anxiety Agents / therapeutic use*
Family Practice
Histamine Agonists / therapeutic use*
Middle Aged
Patient Satisfaction
Physician's Practice Patterns
Sleep Disorders / drug therapy*
Temazepam / therapeutic use*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Anxiety Agents; 0/Histamine Agonists; 846-50-4/Temazepam
Comment In:
Br J Gen Pract. 1999 Jan;49(438):65-6   [PMID:  10622027 ]

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