Sedative and hypnotic drugs
Sedatives reduce anxiety, tension, or excitement. Some degree ofdrowsiness commonly accompanies sedative use.
When given in large doses, sedatives are considered hypnotics, which induce a state resembling natural sleep. The three main classes of synthetic drugs used as sedatives and hypnotics are:
· nonbenzodiazepine-nonbarbiturate drugs.
Other sedatives may include sedating antidepressants, such as tra-zodone, and over-the-counter sleep aids.