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Randomised controlled trial.
Follow up period:
Twenty five general practices in London and rural areas, UK; time period not specified.
104 long term (>6 months) users of benzodiazepines aged ⩾65 years (mean age 77 years) consenting to withdrawal. Exclusions: dementia or organic cognitive dysfunction; severe deafness or visual impairment; ongoing major psychiatric disorder; history of seizures; terminal illness.
Tapering doses of benzodiazepines for 8–9 weeks followed by placebo until week 24; usual benzodiazepine dose for 3 months, then …
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