Central Nervous System (CNS) Depressants

  • Marc A. Schuckit
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


The central nervous system (CNS) depressant drugs include a variety of medications, such as hypnotics, most antianxiety drugs (also called minor tranquilizers),and alcohol.1 As discussed in greater depth in Section, a new group of nonbenzodiazepine antianxiety drugs have appeared in recent years, but these are not CNS depressants. The general anesthetics are not presented here, as time and space constraints forced me to limit the discussion to the substances most clinically important in drug abuse. One anesthetic agent, phencyclidine (PCP), is abused as a hallucinogen and is discussed in Chapter 9.


Clinical Psychiatry Withdrawal Syndrome Toxic Reaction Anterograde Amnesia Paradoxical Reaction 
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  • Marc A. Schuckit
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  1. 1.San Diego School of Medicine, Veterans Administration HospitalUniversity of CaliforniaSan DiegoUSA

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