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Staying on Benzos

All data must be read in conjunction with the survey limitations.

Thirteen percent (13%) of the survey respondents said that they had decided not to withdraw from their benzodiazepines.

Forty-three percent (43%) of these said they were staying on because benzodiazepines were effectively managing their medical condition. Forty-eight percent (48%) were staying on because it was too difficult to withdraw.

 

The group deciding to stay on benzos was compared to the group who had decided to taper to see if there were any differences between the groups.

The type of benzos that were being taken by those choosing not to taper were not very different from benzos being taken by those tapering. The greatest proportion of both groups were taking Klonopin.

There was a tendency for those who had decided to stay on their benzos to be in the older age groups compared with those who had decided to taper.

There was no difference in the average amount of benzo being taken by the two groups.

There was a tendency for those who had decided to stay on to have been on benzodiazepines for longer than those who had decided to taper.

Those staying on their drugs had a tendency to have less severe symptoms than those who had decided to taper. This was taken at the point respondents made the decision to either taper or to stay on.

There was a tendency for those deciding to stay on to be able to do more of the functionality tasks with ease than those who had to decided to taper. This was taken at the point respondents decided to either taper or to stay on their drug.

 

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Last updated 22 July 2015