NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Prescribing
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4 Central nervous system

4.1 Hypnotics and anxiolytics

4.1.1 Hypnotics

Preferred list
ZOPICLONE

Prescribing Notes:

Before a hypnotic is prescribed, the cause of the insomnia should be established and underlying factors should be addressed and non-drug management, such as sleep hygiene considered. If a hypnotic is essential, it should be prescribed at the lowest effective dose as a short course (preferably one week) and the choice of agent based on the patient’s medication and medical history and evaluation of the consequences of supplying a potential drug of abuse.

BNF Link: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/bnf/current/3167.htm

Total Formulary
TEMAZEPAM

Prescribing Notes:

Before a hypnotic is prescribed, the cause of the insomnia should be established and underlying factors should be addressed and non-drug management, such as sleep hygiene considered. If a hypnotic is essential, it should be prescribed at the lowest effective dose as a short course (preferably one week) and the choice of agent based on the patient’s medication and medical history and evaluation of the consequences of supplying a potential drug of abuse.

BNF Link: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/bnf/current/3141.htm

4.1.2 Anxiolytics

Preferred list
Total Formulary
BUSPIRONE

Restrictions: Restricted to specialist initiation only.

BNF Link: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/bnf/current/3192.htm

LORAZEPAM

Restrictions: Retsricted to specialist initiation only.

BNF Link: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/bnf/current/3186.htm

4.1.3 Barbiturates