Benzodiazepine Information Coalition is a non-profit organization that advocates for greater understanding of the potentially devastating effects of commonly prescribed benzodiazepines such as Xanax, Ativan, Valium, and Klonopin, as well as prevention of patient injury through medical recognition, informed consent, and education.
While it might initially seem that these communities and video blogs are simply artifacts of the internet culture, a closer look at the stories told on these forums suggests a different message. The message is that physicians have been unprepared for these withdrawal disorders and are unable to treat or even guide patients through complicated withdrawal from these substances.Josef Witt-Doerring, MBBS, Daryl Shorter, MD, Thomas Kosten, MD
Issues surrounding patient information and patient-centred care when prescribing benzodiazepines emerged as a common theme in many submissions from withdrawal charities and support groups. This reflected concerns that patients are not adequately informed of the harms and risks associated with benzodiazepines, and that patient consent to begin a course of benzodiazepines, based on an understanding of these harms/risks, often is not gained.
CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE VERSION Please review the information listed here and put your initials next to each item when you have reviewed it with your provider and feel you understand each statement. ______I understand that I am being prescribed ________________...read more
As physicians, we are experts at prescribing medications. However, we often fail miserably when it comes to recognizing adverse reactions and tapering medications. It’s something that is simply lacking in our medical training. I have become a victim of this with...read more
There exists a large, mostly-underground, growing community consisting of those iatrogenically harmed by benzodiazepines. Guilty only of following doctors orders, these patients are marginalized and misunderstood. This has been enabled, at least in part, by poor...read more