An-Najah National University

Publications of Waleed M. Sweileh,

Research Interests: 1.Clinical Renal Pharmacology and Therapeutics 2.Evidence Based Pharmacotherapy 3.Pharmacoepidemiology

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  • Wednesday, February 4, 2004
  • Pharmacotherapeutic Implications and Prescribing Pattern of ‎Benzodiazepines (BZD) by Psychiatrists and Neurologists
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  • Pharmacotherapeutic Implications and Prescribing Pattern of

    Benzodiazepines (BZD) by Psychiatrists and Neurologists

    Waleed Sweileh, Nidal Jaradat

    College of Pharmacy, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine.

    E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]

    Received: (30/6/2003), Accepted: (2/3/2004)


    The aim of this study is to explore and investigate benzodiazepine (BZD)

    prescribing pattern by neurologists and psychiatrists. Randomly selected five hundred

    and five neurologists and psychiatrists prescriptions were collected throughout West-

    Bank and analyzed using SPSS 10 for windows. Approximately half of the prescriptions

    contain BZD with alprozolam being the most commonly prescribed BZD followed by

    clonazepam. More than half of the BZD prescriptions were missing important patient

    and dispensing information. Gender of the patient and physician’s specialty were not a

    determining factor in choosing or prescribing BZD. Antidepressants were commonly

    co-prescribed with BZD (57%). BZD were more commonly co-prescribed with tricylic

    antidepressants (TCA) antidepressants than selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors

    (SSRIs). Approximately 20% of antipsychotic prescriptions contained BZD especially

    clonazepam. In conclusion, although our study is not based on complete clinical

    investigation of patients disease and drug history, it is clear that there is some

    irrational BZD prescribing practices based on the general requirements for BZD


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