Benzodiazepines: no help for low back pain

Benzodiazepines should not be prescribed for low back pain, according to one of five new recommendations released by Choosing Wisely Australia and developed by the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. The recommendations also provide advice on treating chronic noncancer pain with opioids and avoiding prescribing pregabalin and gabapentin for pain not fulfilling neuropathic pain criteria. Read the recommendations here.

Withdrawing dementia medications

The NHMRC has approved guidelines to help healthcare professionals determine when and how to trial the withdrawal of cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine in adults who have been regularly taking these medications for a sufficient amount of time at the maximum tolerated dose. The guidelines, developed by The University of Sydney, NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre and the Canadian Bruyère Research Institute, are available here.