sedative-hypnotic drug

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Noun1.sedative-hypnotic drug - a sedative that depresses activity of the central nervous system and reduces anxiety and induces sleep
barbiturate - organic compound having powerful soporific effect; overdose can be fatal
ethchlorvynol, Placidyl - a mild sedative-hypnotic drug (trade name Placidyl)
methaqualone, Quaalude - sedative-hypnotic drug (trade name Quaalude) that is a drug of abuse
depressant, downer, sedative, sedative drug - a drug that reduces excitability and calms a person
thalidomide - a sedative and hypnotic drug; withdrawn from sale after discovered to cause severe birth defects because it inhibits angiogenesis
antianxiety agent, ataractic, ataractic agent, ataractic drug, tranquilizer, tranquilliser, tranquillizer - a drug used to reduce stress or tension without reducing mental clarity
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This accumulation of drug response QTLs in one chromosomal region makes it tempting to speculate that the gene(s) associated with sedative-hypnotic drug withdrawal may have effects on additional behavioral responses and would therefore be an even more important target for further investigations.
Advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted 20-2 that the risk-benefit profile of sodium oxybate did not support approval of the sedative-hypnotic drug as a treatment for fibromyalgia, citing concerns that included the lack of long-term data and the potential for illicit use of the drug.
In March 2007, the FDA requested that all manufacturers of sedative-hypnotic drug products, a class of drugs used to induce and/or maintain sleep, augment their product labeling to include stronger language concerning potential risks.
Zolpidem Tartrate is a sedative-hypnotic drug, which is indicated for the short-term treatment of insomnia characterized by difficulties with sleep initiation.