What are Sedatives?

Sedative drugs include a variety of drugs used in the treatment of anxiety, depression, insomnia, and epilepsy.  They include sedatives, hypnotics, anti-anxiety, barbiturates and benzodiazepines.

 

These drugs slow the central nervous system and, in mild intoxication, create a euphoric state, often accompanied by slurred speech and loss of coordination.  They reduce tension and induce relaxation, drowsiness and sleep while decreasing alertness.  They are usually taken orally in tablet, capsule or liquid form.

 

If you would like more information about sedatives, contact the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at 800-662-4357, or visit them online at csat.samhsa.gov.

 

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