A GP guide to managing benzodiazepines

Knowing how to safely prescribe, manage and withdraw benzodiazepines helps to minimise dependence and misuse, and provide safe and supportive care

Need to know:

  • Prescription of benzodiazepines should be based on a comprehensive medical assessment, diagnosis, thoughtful consideration of the likely risks and benefits of benzodiazepine prescribing and as part of a broader management plan derived through shared decision-making and continual clinical monitoring.8
  • Benzodiazepines are, in most individual