benzodiazepine

Definitions of benzodiazepine
  1. noun
    any of several similar lipophilic amines used as tranquilizers or sedatives or hypnotics or muscle relaxants; chronic use can lead to dependency
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    Xanax, alprazolam
    an antianxiety agent (trade name Xanax) of the benzodiazepine class
    Libritabs, Librium, chlordiazepoxide
    a tranquilizer (trade names Librium and Libritabs) used in the treatment of alcoholism
    Valium, diazepam
    a tranquilizer (trade name Valium) used to relieve anxiety and relax muscles; acts by enhancing the inhibitory actions of the neurotransmitter GABA; can also be used as an anticonvulsant drug in cases of nerve agent poisoning
    ProSom, estazolam
    a frequently prescribed sleeping pill (trade name ProSom)
    Ativan, lorazepam
    tranquilizer (trade name Ativan) used to treat anxiety and tension and insomnia
    Versed, midazolam
    an injectable form of benzodiazepine (trade name Versed) useful for sedation and for reducing pain during uncomfortable medical procedures
    nitrazepam
    a hypnotic and sedative drug of the benzodiazepine type
    Restoril, temazepam
    a frequently prescribed benzodiazepine (trade name Restoril); takes effect slowly and lasts long enough to help those people who wake up frequently during the night
    Halcion, triazolam
    a form of benzodiazepine (trade name Halcion) frequently prescribed as a sleeping pill; usually given to people who have trouble falling asleep
    type of:
    antianxiety drug, anxiolytic, anxiolytic drug, minor tranquilizer, minor tranquilliser, minor tranquillizer
    a tranquilizer used to relieve anxiety and reduce tension and irritability
    muscle relaxant
    a drug that reduces muscle contractility by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses or by decreasing the excitability of the motor end plate or by other actions
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