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Section Home Treatment Self Assessment

Professor C Heather Ashton

Many patients are keen to withdraw from long term hypnotic treatment but are unable to do so because of withdrawal syndromes.

There is a great deal of information on hypnotic withdrawal programmes based on the work of Professor Heather Ashton and colleagues.

Gradual withdrawal if possible for most patients and use of psychological treatments with withdrawal has been shown to be more effective than CBTi while maintaining patients on their sleeping tablets.

Short acting drugs such as temazepam or z-drugs may need to be reduced to the lowest available dose and then converted to equivalent doses of diazepam to facilitate gradual withdrawal.