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Anti-anxiety medicines

These medicines are also called ‘sleeping pills’. They include diazepam, nitrazepam, lorazepam,
clonazepam, alprazolam and oxazepam. They are used to treat sleep problems and anxiety.
When you prescribe these drugs, there are some points you should remember:
• the patient should avoid alcohol;
• avoid giving them to a woman in the last stage of pregnancy;
• as a general rule, do not give them for more than four weeks because they can produce a dependence problem.

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