Introducing a New Drug
- When introducing a new drug, review the history to see what has been useful in the past.
- When adding a second drug, you may commence weaning of the first drug immediately to achieve monotherapy, or you may try a defined period of overlap to determine if the combination is successful, provided both drugs are tolerated. The approach depends on the individual situation.
- Benzodiazepines and phenobarbitone weaning regimens need to be gradual.
This page was created in March 2012. It was last reviewed in December 2017.