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Our practice has been reviewing our prescribing of Diazepam.

As per prescribing guidelines benzodiazepines (a group of drugs which includes Diazepam) are not allowed in treating phobia. Hence we are not allowed to prescribe them for phobia, which includes fear of flying.

Our decision has also been based on the following:

Diazepam is a sedative, which means it makes you sleepy and more relaxed.

If there is an emergency during the flight it may impair your ability to concentrate, follow instructions and react to the situation. This could have serious safety consequences for you and those around you.

Whilst most people find benzodiazepines like Diazepam sedating, a small number can have paradoxical agitation, increased aggression and dis-inhibition, which could lead you to behave in a way that you would not normally. Diazepam and similar drugs are illegal in a number of countries.

They may be confiscated and possibly cause delays at the airport. Diazepam can stay in your system for quite a while, which could affect driving and your ability to concentrate.

We appreciate that fear of flying is very real and very frightening. A much better approach is to tackle this properly is with a Fear of Flying course run by the airlines. We have listed a number of these below.


Easy Jet http://www.fearlessflyer.easyjet.com

British Airways http://www.flyingwithconfidence.com/courses/venues/glasgow

Virgin https://www.flyingwithoutfear.co.uk/fear-of-flying-courses/adult-course/




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St Cuthbert’s Church
Hayling Avenue
Portsmouth
PO3 6BH
Tel: 023 9282 7132

Milton Park Surgery
Milton Road
Portsmouth
PO3 6DW
Tel: 023 9282 7132

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Location & Contact

Baffins Surgery
St Cuthbert’s Church
Hayling Avenue
Portsmouth
PO3 6BH
Tel: 023 9282 7132

Opening Hours

Monday: 07.00 – 19.00
Tuesday: 08.00 – 18.30
Wednesday: 08.00 – 18.30
Thursday: 08.00 – 20:00
Friday: 07.00 – 18.30

Location and Contact

Milton Park Surgery
Milton Road
Portsmouth
PO3 6DW

Tel: 023 9282 7132

Opening Hours

Monday: 08.00 – 18.30
Tuesday: 08.00 – 18.30
Wednesday: 08.00 – 18.30
Thursday: 08.00 – 18.30
Friday: 08.00 – 18.30