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BENZODIAZEPINES: HOW THEY WORK
AND HOW TO WITHDRAW
(aka The Ashton Manual),
Revised August 2002
HOW TO ORDER A PRINTED COPY
Professor C Heather Ashton DM, FRCP
School of Neurosciences
Division of Psychiatry
The Royal Victoria Infirmary
Queen Victoria Road
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4LP
Outline of Contents
The Benzodiazepines: what they do in the body, background, about this chapter, the benzodiazepines, adverse effects of benzodiazepines, dependence, socioeconomic costs of long term benzodiazepine use, further reading, tables.
How to withdraw from benzodiazepines after long-term use, background, why should you come off benzodiazepines, before starting benzodiazepine withdrawal, the withdrawal, dosage tapering, switching to a long-acting benzodiazepine, designing and following the withdrawal schedule, further reading, detailed withdrawal schedules.
Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms, acute and protracted, mechanisms of withdrawal reactions, acute withdrawal symptoms, individual symptoms, their causes and how to deal with them, extra medication during benzodiazepine withdrawal, benzodiazepine use during and after withdrawal, course of withdrawal, protracted withdrawal symptoms, further reading, tables.
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For 12 years (1982-1994) Professor Heather Ashton ran a benzodiazepine withdrawal clinic for people wanting to come off their tranquillisers and sleeping pills. Much of what she knows about this subject was learned from those brave and long-suffering men and women. This Manual, her latest benzodiazepine monograph, is the product of her research, experience and tireless dedication to helping people recover from these drugs.
News from Canada
The Ashton Manual was first introduced to the medical community in September 2000. The College of Pharmacists of British Columbia was the first regulatory body in the world to see it and immediately requested 830 copies and sent them out to every pharmacy in British Columbia on October 12, 2000. The Ashton Manual is now promoted by the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia, March/April 2001 Bulletin.
In a joint venture in March 2001 the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Pharmaceutical Association provided every doctor's office and pharmacy in the province with a copy of the Ashton Manual.
On February 16, 2004 the French edition of the Ashton Manual was launched online: Les Benzodiazépines: Comment agissent-elles et comment s'en sevrer ? and since then the Manual have been translated into other European languages. See this page.
The Ashton Manual is available from this website as an instant digital download and soft cover book. For other titles about benzos and withdrawal click this link.
Index · Contents · Introduction · Chapter I · Chapter II · Withdrawal Schedules · Chapter III
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