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The downside of ‘benzos’: risk of dependence

Benzodiazepines slow down the brain and nervous system and are used to help with sleep, anxiety and/or stress.

However, using benzodiazepines continuously for longer than 4 weeks can lead to tolerance and dependence, which can in turn lead to more severe side effects.

Learn how to use benzodiazepines safely and how to safely reduce and stop a benzodiazepine if you have been taking one long term.

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Asthma in children: PBS listing change recommended

The PBAC has recommended changes to the PBS listing restrictions for fluticasone propionate / salmeterol xinafoate (Seretide) after a postmarketing review of PBS medicines used to treat asthma in children.

These changes reflect both relevant Product Information and current Australian Asthma Handbook recommendations.

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