Rise in repeat scripts for sedatives a 'wake-up call'

Prescribing patterns suggest more effort is needed to popularise non-drug treatment for insomnia, researchers say

Certain benzodiazepines and Z-class sedative-hypnotics are increasingly being prescribed for long-term insomnia, risking dependence and other adverse outcomes, a general practice study suggests.


Researchers analysed insomnia prescribing patterns among nearly 56 million consultations for 1.8 million patients at 400 GP clinics that contribute to the MedicineInsight database.

They found that, although overall benzodiazepine scripts declined from 56.6 to 41.8 per 1000 consultations between 2011 and 2018, temazepam and diazepam