Anxiety Drugs Not Recommended for PTSD

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A new review finds evidence that benzodiazepine drugs are not effective for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and may even be harmful. Benzodiazepines are used to relieve anxiety by slowing the central nervous system. Common brand names include Ativan (lorazepam), Dalmane (flurazepam) and Diastat or Valium (diazepam). The new evidence stems from a systematic review and meta-analysis published in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice. “Benzodiazepines are ineffective for PTSD treatment and prevention, and risks associated with their use tend to outweigh potential short-term benefits,” writes Dr. Jeffrey Guina and colleagues from

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Published By: Psych Central – Wednesday, 15 July, 2015

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