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Re: GP benzo prescribing lowers PCT star rating (UK) Nickengland

Posted by ed_uk on March 24, 2005, at 18:34:23

In reply to Re: GP benzo prescribing lowers PCT star rating (UK), posted by Nickengland on March 24, 2005, at 18:02:13

Hi!

>Is diazepam the least likely to be abused?

No, diazepam actually seems to have a slightly higher abuse potential than most benzos- few doctors in the UK seem to know this however. Diazepam it prefered by drug misusers for its rapid onset of action.

Since diazepam is the 'standard' benzo used for tapering, many pdocs in the UK incorrectly assume that it's got a lower abuse potential. Diazepam is used for tapering because it's often easier to withdraw than other benzos- this doesn't have anything to so with its abuse potential though! It's easier to withdraw because it's slowly eliminated from the body and it comes in low-dose tablets which are useful for making small dosage reductions.

>Unless I can get both, start with the trileptal for a few weeks and if all goes well (if i can the side effects) add the gabapentin later if needed...

Sounds reasonable :-)

>Is it mainly used by professionals in the US or Uk too?

It's used by both.

>Gran Canaria

:-D Sounds great!

Best regards,
Ed.


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