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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 44 (2002) 3, 199 - 203

Case report

A cognitive aspect related to the withdrawal of alprazolam

Y. Meesters, C.J.M. van Velzen, E.H. Horwitz

summary A 39-year-old woman experienced withdrawal effects after her dosage of alprazolam medication was lowered. Cognitive symptoms made it almost impossible for her to stop the alprazolam medication or to continue her psychotherapeutic treatment. The medication was stopped by means of a behavioural experiment in which both patient and therapist were unaware of the way the medication was reduced, after which continuation of treatment became possible.

keywords alprazolam, cognition, withdrawal effects