Sedatives and tranquilizers are medicines that have a calming effect. Generally, sedatives
and tranquilizers depress or slow down certain body functions or the activity of an
organ, such as the heart.
Mild sedatives and tranquilizers may be used to reduce anxiety or other nervous system
problems, promote sleep, or regulate an organ system. For example, light doses of
sedatives can help reduce coughing, nausea, or convulsions. Stronger doses of these
substances may be used for severe sleep problems, severe anxiety, symptoms related
to psychotic disorders (such as hallucinations or delusions), or as part of anesthesia.
These types of sedatives and tranquilizers should only be used as directed by a doctor
because they can become habit-forming. Abuse of some stronger substances can lead
to severe health problems.
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Michael F. Bierer MD - Internal Medicine, Addiction Medicine
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