Are benzodiazepines effective for treatment of generalized anxiety disorder?

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Abstract

EVIDENCE-BASED ANSWER

Benzodiazepine therapy produces a small reduction in generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) symptoms for up to 8 weeks (SOR: A, based on 2 systematic reviews of RCTs). However, benzodiazepines are not recommended as a treatment for GAD except in short-term crisis situations (SOR: C, expert opinion).

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