Benzodiazepine Use

  • Curtis L. BaysingerEmail author


Benzodiazepine abuse alone is uncommon. The duration of action is significantly variable between specific drugs, so the course of withdrawal can be very variable. The associations between benzodiazepine abuse and an increased rate of congenital defects cited in older case-controlled studies have not been confirmed in newer reports, and long-term child behavioral deficits have not been reported. Preterm delivery is more likely as with maternal abuse of other drugs. Acute withdrawal can be life threatening, and tapering of drug should incorporate symptom-driven protocols. Anesthetic requirements may be increased in the chronically abusing parturient.


Addiction Obstetric anesthesia Benzodiazepine Congenital anomalies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyVanderbilt University Medical Center, Vanderbilt University HospitalNashvilleUSA

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