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Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Course Created: 2018

Practice Level: Intermediate

No book to buy Duration: 1 hours
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Course Summary

Benzodiazepines are used as anticonvulsants, anxiolytics, hypnotics, and muscle relaxers. Because these drugs are highly effective, they are widely prescribed and used. Benzodiazepine medication are considered a controlled substance with significant risk of developing a substance use and addiction disorder. Additionally, there are significant drug-drug interactions with the combined use of benzodiazepines and medications used to treat mental illness, such as antipsychotic drugs, that clinicians should be aware of during crisis interventions. The basic pharmacology of benzodiazepines, benzodiazepine use disorder, withdrawal, and overdose, as well as treatment are discussed.

Course Format

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Learning Objectives

  • Describe the basic pharmacology of Benzodiazepines
  • Explain the DSM-5 criteria for Benzodiazepine Use And Addiction Disorder
  • Discuss Benzodiazepine withdrawal

Course Syllabus

I.              Introduction
II.           Basic Pharmacology Of Benzodiazepines
III.         Benzodiazepine Use And Addiction Disorder
1.   DSM-5 Criteria
2.   Incidence
3.   Etiology
4.   Clinical Course
IV.          Benzodiazepine Withdrawal
1.   Signs and Symptoms
2.   Treatment
V.            Benzodiazepine Overdose
1.   Clinical Presentation
2.   Treatment
VI.          Case Study: Benzodiazepine Drug-Drug Interaction
VII.       Future Trends Of Benzodiazepine Use
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