In this lesson, we will focus on sedatives in the form of prescription medications, or those that are prescribed by a doctor.
Would you believe that, according to the Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders (2015), 90% of people who enter a hospital in the United States are given some type of sedative during their stay?As with most types of drug addictions, once patients begin taking the drug (for argument's sake, let's say it's Xanax), it takes more and more Xanax to produce the same calming effect on the body.Eventually, the patient needs to take several Xanax a day in order to accomplish what one Xanax a day did in the beginning.Common benzodiazepines, or 'benzos,' as they are often called, include medications such as Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Valium, and Centrax.These drugs are commonly prescribed to help relieve anxiety in people who have anxiety disorders or another mental illness where anxiety is a symptom, or for people who are dealing with anxiety as the result of a traumatic issue in their lives.This lesson defines the word 'sedative' and discusses the two main classes of prescription sedatives: benzodiazepines and barbiturates.
The addictive properties of sedatives are explored, and withdrawal symptoms are discussed as well.
There are two main types of prescription sedatives: benzodiazepines and barbiturates.
All sedatives are addictive, and it is possible to develop a tolerance to them, which means it takes more and more to achieve the desired effect. We have over 95 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 2,000 colleges and universities.
There are two main classes of prescription sedatives.
The most commonly prescribed type are the benzodiazepines, which include many drugs that you may have heard of.
As you can see, sedative use can be dangerous and should always be monitored by a doctor.