Diazepam-induced disinhibition

S. Schreiber*

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Benzodiazepines are among the most often prescribed drugs worldwide, and are mostly prescribed by general practitioners and family physicians. Their side-effects include tolerance, dependence, intoxication, withdrawal syndrome, retrograde amnesia, paradoxical agitation (frequent in the elderly) and disinhibition. A 32-year-old woman is presented. She was brought to the emergency room because of psychotic-like behavior. It was caused by severe disinhibition due to a single 5 mg dose of diazepam prescribed during uncomplicated bereavement. 14 hours later all symptoms had subsided and she was discharged.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681-682+739
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes


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