Monday, June 27, 2005

Medicine: new prescription drug benefit won't cover benzodiazepines

Since the government, not your doctor, decides what treatment (or complete lack thereof) is right for you.

For the non-medical folk, or ppl who just take Valium on the weekends with their Jack and Coke, here's the wikipedia summary of the drugs.


Pepper said...

Working on psych right now (in fact, writing this from the psych ER while on call), I have to say that Xanax, Valium, and Ativan are evil EVIL drugs that should not be prescribed in most circumstances. However, clonazepam (a long-acting benzo) can be pretty useful. While I'm very worried about what the changes will do to patients currently on short-acting benzos, if it prevents PCPs from prescribing Ativan and Xanax when it's not needed, the psychiatric community will breathe a sigh of relief.

Garrett said...

I can agree that PCPs think they can manage psychoactive drugs and do so irresponsibly, but this exactly the proper way to manage that problem.

Anonymous said...

Some of the striking informative tidbits associated with the anti-anxiety medication valium make it apparent that valium is a prescription-based drug for treating anxiety, it belongs to the medicine group termed as benzodiazepines and is duly approved by the FDA (Food and Drugs Administration) for treating anxiety disorders.