Author Topic: Study,Jan/22:Short-term (not long-term) positive effect of benzo w/schizophrenia  (Read 218 times)


The full title of this Turkish study is "Short-term, but not long-term, beneficial effects of concomitant benzodiazepine use on clinical course in patients with schizophrenia".


This study aims to examine possible differences in the effect on the course characteristics of the disease in cases of no use, short-term use and long-term use of benzodiazepines in patients with schizophrenia. In this retrospective observational study, the sample comprised patients with schizophrenia who were admitted to our psychiatric clinics from January 2015 to January 2019. Patients were also retrospectively tracked from the date of the first admission during the specified time until the end of the observation period (24 months) for clinical course characteristics. Data for 1710 patients with schizophrenia were included in the analyses. Patients with short-term benzodiazepines use had fewer psychiatric hospitalizations and shorter lengths of stay at psychiatric services than patients with no use or long-term use. Rates of antipsychotic drug discontinuation and suicidal behavior were also significantly lower among short-term benzodiazepines users than among those with no use or long-term use. In conclusion, our study indicates that short-term benzodiazepines use is associated with a better clinical course in patients with schizophrenia. Future studies should evaluate the effects of different benzodiazepines use patterns on disease prognosis with longer-term follow-up and prospective methodology and should concomitantly examine psychopathological variables.
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