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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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Clozapine prescribing changes

PBS changes for clozapine (for schizophrenia, maintenance therapy only) mean that prescribers no longer need to be affiliated with a hospital and prescriptions can be filled at a community pharmacy.

Patients must be monitored and registered with the sponsor's monitoring system.

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