CNS Depressants: Barbiturates, Barbiturate-like Drugs, Meprobamate, Chloral Hydrate, Paraldehyde
In addition to alcohol, drugs that depress the central nervous system include the barbiturates, barbiturate-like drugs, meprobamate, chloral hydrate, paraldehyde, and benzodiazepines. These drugs are mainly used to calm and relax patients (sedatives) or to induce sleep in them (hynotics). They are collectively known as sedative-hynotics. The benzodiazepines are discussed in Chapter 10.
KeywordsChloral Hydrate Barbituric Acid Delirium Tremens Abstinence Syndrome Severe Respiratory Depression
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