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Benzodiazepines and gabapentin can help patients with depression, anxiety, pain, and sleep disorders—when prescribed, however, these medications are not risk-free, especially when combined with other controlled substances. Regardless, they continue to be used widely. Pharmacists can identify the risks associated with these drugs and bring awareness to patients and providers. In this session, two practiced experts will focus on identifying patients who are at increased risk of adverse outcomes and examine discontinuation strategies that minimize withdrawal symptoms.
At the completion of this application-based activity, participants will be able to: