Practitioner’s Guide to Psychoactive Drugs for Children and Adolescents

pp 433-469

Anxiolytics, Sedatives, and Miscellaneous Drugs

  • John Scott WerryAffiliated withUniversity of Auckland
  • , Michael G. AmanAffiliated withThe Nisonger Center for Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, Ohio State University

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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.