Sleeping pills and minor tranquillisers

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Useful contacts

Battle Against Tranquillisers (BAT)
Helps with withdrawal from benzodiazepines and sleeping pills.
Information about benzodiazepines, addiction and withdrawal.

Electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC)
Access to patient information leaflets (PILS) for most medicines licensed in the UK.

Information about sleeping problems.

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
Responsible for licensing all medicines and medical devices. Access to patient information leaflets (PILs) for medicines licensed in the UK. Also collects data on adverse effects via the Yellow Card scheme:

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Guidance on health and social care, including the use of medication.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society
Information on Medicines Use Reviews.

Rethink Mental Illness
0300 5000 927
Information and support for people affected by mental illness.

Royal College of Psychiatrists
Information about psychiatric medication, including sleeping pills and minor tranquillisers.


Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, Chris, PO Box 90 90, Stirling FK8 2SA
24-hour helpline: 116 123
24-hour support for anyone experiencing distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.

This information was published inĀ August 2016. We will revise it in 2018.

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