(also tranquilliser; US also tranquilizer)
A medicinal drug taken to reduce tension or anxiety.
- Medications prescribed most frequently for this population are psychoactive drugs such as sleeping pills, tranquilizers, and anti-depressants.
- Sedatives, tranquilizers, and ergotamine medicines also can cause rebound headache.
- It is vital to get the whole story, because symptomatic treatment for any of these complaints, e.g. sleeping pills, tranquilizers, or narcotics, could be worse than no treatment at all.
barbiturate, temazepam, diazepam, chlordiazepoxide, chlorpromazine, meprobamate, benzodiazepine, thioridazine, prochlorperazine
informal downer, trank, sleeper
trademark Valium, Librium
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