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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 ...Read more
Many: There are many options across many drug classes for the treatment of insomnia ... One of the newest is a medication which targets the Orexin system (called, Belsomra) which I've had quite a lot of success with recently in the patients I treat. Hope that helps! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Different effects: A sedative hypnotic is a medication that is used to either relax you or put you to sleep. Depressants can either be a medication that causes depression or one that suppresses the breathing mechanism in the brain and can lead to cessation of breathing. The latter is more often referred to as a central nervous system depressant. That is as opposed to a mood depressant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: That's its main purpose. It's not in wide use today, except as a sedative for eegs (it's one of few sedatives that leave brainwaves intact). Better and safer sedatives like benzodiazepines (valium, ativan) have supplanted chloral hydrate. Have you heard the expression "slipped him a mickey"? That came from the practice of putting Chloral Hydrate drops in someone's drink to knock them out. ...Read more
Isn't there a STD test that can be given to make sure a strong hypnotic sedative is really needed and that patient understands dangers and doses. ?
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer