Drugs for sleep and anxiety (hypnotics, sedatives & anxiolytics)

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Drugs for sleep and anxiety (hypnotics, sedatives and anxiolytics)

Group of drugs that depress activity of the central nervous system.
In general:
• sedatives and anxiolytics  reduce anxiety and calming effect
• hypnotics  produce drowsiness and sleep

Many drugs in his group have potential for dependence and abuse  often prescribed for short term use while underlying problem is addressed.

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