Alan McDougall;122334 wrote:
The uses of the benzodiazepines are modest and relatively insignificant. We can do without them.
They are the primary drugs to stop seizures, especially status epilepticus (an intractable, life-threatening prolonged seizure). They are also the primary drugs to sedate patients for procedures, and thus allow sedation without the risks of general anesthesia. They are the most effective drugs at aborting panic attacks, they are treatments for anticholinergic poisoning, and they are lifesaving for alcohol and barbiturate withdrawal (and far
more people die of alcohol withdrawal than from any complication of benzodiazepines).
So no, we cannot
do without them. No way, no how.
I agree with you in that they can be quite risky when used on a regular basis, like to treat chronic anxiety symptoms, and they often have paradoxically "agitating" effects in the elderly.