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Prescribing of anxiolytics and hypnotics in Somerset is now significantly above the national average which is why it has been chosen as a safety and quality area to review as part of this year’s incentive scheme scorecard.

On this page you will find resources to support practices in tackling this difficult area of prescribing including patient letters, leaflets and alternatives to medication.

Deprescribing benzodiazepine and Z drugs used for insomnia

Please use the NHS Somerset Medicines Management tapering documents for patients using diazepam, temazepam or zopiclone for insomnia, with thanks to Dr Jon Dolman.