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4. Precautions and risks associated with special uses of benzodiazepines

This section covers the risks associated with the use of benzodiazepines in special circumstances. The topics included are:

  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Elderly
  • Benzodiazepines for the management of alcohol withdrawal This learning module discusses noteworthy risks for benzodiazepines. Summaries of product characteristics and the BNF should be consulted for a fuller account of the adverse effects and warnings for individual benzodiazepines.