For adults of working age engaged in psychological therapies, what impact does concurrent Benzodiazepine use have on the effectiveness of the intervention?
No definite clinical implications can be made based on the
available evidence. The limited evidence suggested similar outcomes
for those randomised to psychotherapy plus benzodiazepines versus
those randomised to psychotherapy alone- but the results may not be
reliable or generalisable. The authors of a systematic review
suggested that, based on the limited evidence, behaviour therapy
alongside benzodiazepine use may be better than behaviour therapy
alone for panic disorder with agoraphobia during the acute phase,
but afterwards this trend may be reversed. The authors also
stated that more high-quality trials for combined benzodiazepine
and psychotherapy treatment must be conducted before stronger
treatment recommendations can be made.
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