Anxiolytics, Sedatives, and Miscellaneous Drugs

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This chapter contains discussions of anxiolytics and sedatives and several miscellaneous drugs that do not fit naturally into the remaining drug chapters. Included here are reviews of central nervous system (CNS) depressants (such as the benzodiazepines), antihistamines and anticholinergics, and atypical anxiolytics. Under the rubric of “miscellaneous drugs,” we have included Clonidine and guanfacine, melatonin, hypericin, tryptophan and 5-hydroxytryptophan, fenfluramine, the ß-blockers, and the opiate antagonists.