CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · J Neurosci Rural Pract 2014; 05(S 01): S053-S054
DOI: 10.4103/0976-3147.145203
Case Report
Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice

Baclofen in the short-term maintenance treatment of benzodiazepine dependence

Lekhansh Shukla
Department of Psychiatry, Centre for Addiction Medicine, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
,
Arun Kandasamy
Department of Psychiatry, Centre for Addiction Medicine, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
,
Muralidharan Kesavan
Department of Psychiatry, Centre for Addiction Medicine, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
,
Vivek Benegal
Department of Psychiatry, Centre for Addiction Medicine, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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Further Information

Address for correspondence:

Dr. Lekhansh Shukla
Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences
Bangalore - 560 029, Karnataka
India   

Publication History

Publication Date:
26 September 2019 (online)

 

ABSTRACT

Benzodiazepine (BZD) dependence is a significant public health problem. Apart from the long-term tapering doses of BZD, no others drugs are available for the maintenance treatment of BZD dependence. Baclofen has been used in alcohol and other drug dependence as long-term anti-craving agent. Since alcohol and BZD act through the GABA receptor, we attempted to study the effect of Baclofen as maintenance treatment in a series of five cases with BZD dependence.


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Conflicts of interest

None declared.


Address for correspondence:

Dr. Lekhansh Shukla
Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences
Bangalore - 560 029, Karnataka
India