- Promoting calm or inducing sleep: the seeds have a sedative effectMore example sentences
- In most cases patients did not respond to the usual doses of antipsychotics and sedative agents.
- Limited evidence from one animal study suggests that hops may potentiate the effects of sedative drugs.
- Antihistamines are sometimes used but mainly for sedative effect.
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- A drug taken for its calming or sleep-inducing effect: she won’t let them give her sedatives because of the baby a mild sedativeMore example sentences
- She had become dependent on a variety of drugs - sedatives, amphetamines and various narcotics, including heroin.
- This strategy may prevent accumulation of sedatives by allowing the drugs to be eliminated between doses.
- Another psychiatrist also gave her sedatives and sleeping pills.
late Middle English: from Old French sedatif or medieval Latin sedativus, from Latin sedat- 'settled', from the verb sedare (see sedate1).