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Sedative (Overview)

A sedative is a medication that induces calm, relaxation, and usually, decreases anxiety. Sedatives - especially at higher doses - can induce sleep. The sleep-inducing attribute is more correctly called "hypnotic". Not surprisingly, most medications produce more than one specific effect. Therefore, one sedative may dominate in the reduction of anxiety and another in inducing sleepiness.


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What do sedative pills do?

What do sedative pills do?

A lot: They calm you down; they can put you to sleep; do not take a lot of them, because you can stop breathing, can have seizures and many other unpleasant consequences. Take only what your doctor prescribed. Your doctor will explain how to use the pills. Good luck

Sedative (Overview)

A sedative is a medication that induces calm, relaxation, and usually, decreases anxiety. Sedatives - especially at higher doses - can induce sleep. The sleep-inducing attribute is more correctly called "hypnotic". Not surprisingly, most medications produce more than one specific effect. Therefore, one sedative may dominate in the reduction of anxiety and another in inducing sleepiness.


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What sedative make you disoriented?

What sedative make you disoriented?

All: Sedatives can cause disorientation. Try not to take anything too strong or in high doses without consulting first with your physician.

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What are the best OTC sedative help please?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine with the side effect of sedation. It is commonly used as an OTC sleep aid.

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What is the strongest sedative you can buy?

Not sure: OTC sedatives are going to primarily be antihistamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Anything else will require a doctors prescription and close monitoring

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What is the definition or description of: sedative?

What is the definition or description of: sedative?

Relaxation meds: A sedative is a medication that induces calm, relaxation, and usually, decreases anxiety. Sedatives - especially at higher doses - can induce sleep. The sleep-inducing attribute is more correctly called "hypnotic". Not surprisingly, most medications produce more than one specific effect. Therefore, one sedative may dominate in the reduction of anxiety and another in inducing sleepiness.

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What sedative is there available that is not addicted?

Hydroxyzine 25 mg: Take as needed 25 mg up to 3 times a day. If you find that this dose is too sedative for you take only half of a tablet= 12.5 mg. Otc medication that can also help is benadryl, (diphenhydramine) 25 mg tabl. Taken in the same dose and way as the hydoxyzine. Ganapentin (neurontin) 300 mg up to three times a day cand do it too but you would need a prescription.

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What are the reasons that young people might need sedative pills?

Need more info: Need medical history, age, medication......in order to answer. If you are the parent or legal guardian and the peron is under 18 you can discuss it with their doctor.

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What sedative, once taken, makes you feel like you're underwater?

Lots of them: Many sedatives can have similar effects on sensitive patients. The easiest solution is to talk to your local doctor, or to your local pharmacist about the medications you are on and their effects.

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Is it possible for a sedative to wear off really fast for some people?

Sedatives: Sure, depends on their metabolism, their genetic makeup, their tolerance and whether they are on medications that speed up the breakdown of the sedative.

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If my wife was on sedative pills for last one and a half years, how she should quit?

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Sedative: Close monitoring through gradual taper process by her physician.

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Do I have to have a sedative for endoscopy?

Do I have to have a sedative for endoscopy?

No: We can perform endoscopy without sedation on select patients. There are a variety of patient, physician and facility issues which should be considered and discussed with your doctor.

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Could a 16-year-old be prescribed sedatives?

Could a 16-year-old be prescribed sedatives?

16 year old sedative: If there is a good reason to do so a 16 year old can be prescribed sedatives. A psychiatrist, anesthesiologist, or general physician could determine that this is necessary for a variety of reasons. Before such a prescription was made the risks would be weighed against the benefits.

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What are some safe sedative besides valerian?

Many: Most sedatives are safe if administered by trained professionals in appropriate doses.

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How long do you stay awake for when using sedatives?

Depends: There are many factors that must be taken into consideration in answering this question. As a general rule you should take the sedative about 30 minutes before bed time.

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What would have a sedative effect like from alcohol?

What would have a sedative effect like from alcohol?

Slow: Depends on the amount of alcohol, person size and metabolism: from slowing responses and reflexes to sleep and complete unarousable unconsions including death with overdose.

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What are the effects of sedatives in the human body?

Which sedative?: Sedative is a very generic term. There are many different medications that cause sedation in different ways. The primary use of a sedative is to help you sleep and it is best to not use any of them

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Do you get a sedative before a gastroscopy procedure?

Yes: Or at least you should. Procedural sedation is the norm and depending where you get the procedure, who is doing it and who is administering the sedation, will determine the level of sedation you will have (mild/moderate/deep).