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depressant

 [de-pres´ant]
1. diminishing any function or activity; see also depressor.
2. an agent that retards any function, especially a drug that acts on the central nervous system to depress activity at all levels by stabilizing neuronal membranes. Central nervous system depressants such as barbiturates and inhalational anesthetics are used as sedatives, hypnotics, and anesthetics. alcohol is also a depressant, although its first effect is sometimes stimulating.
cardiac depressant an agent that depresses the rate or force of contractions of the heart.

de·pres·sant

(dĕ-pres'ănt),
1. Diminishing functional tone or activity.
2. An agent that reduces nervous or functional activity, such as a sedative or anesthetic.
[L. de-primo, pp. -pressus, to press down]

depressant

/de·pres·sant/ (de-pres´ant) diminishing any functional activity; an agent that so acts.
cardiac depressant  an agent that depresses the rate or force of contraction of the heart.

depressant

(dĭ-prĕs′ənt)
adj.
Tending to lower the rate of vital physiological activities.
n.
An agent, especially a drug, that decreases the rate of vital physiological activities.

depressant

[dipres′ənt]
Etymology: L, deprimere, to press down
1 adj, (of a drug) tending to decrease the function or activity of a system of the body.
2 n, such a drug, for example, a cardiac depressant, central nervous system depressant, or respiratory depressant.

depressant

Pharmacology An agent that depresses neuromuscular activity Examples Benzodiazepine, chloral hydrate, chlordiazepoxide, chlorpromazine, ethchlorvynol, gamma hydroxybutyrate, methaqualone, phenobarbital, secobarbital

de·pres·sant

(dĕ-pres'ănt)
1. Diminishing functional tone or activity.
2. An agent that reduces nervous or functional activity, such as a sedative or anesthetic.
[L. de-primo, pp. -pressus, to press down]

de·pres·sant

(dĕ-pres'ănt)
An agent to reduce nervous or functional activity.
[L. de-primo, pp. -pressus, to press down]

depressant (dēpres´ənt),

n a medicine that diminishes functional activity.

depressant

1. diminishing any function or activity.
2. an agent that retards any function, especially a drug that acts on the central nervous system to depress activity at all levels by stabilizing neuronal membranes. CNS depressants, e.g. barbiturates and inhalational anesthetics, are used as sedatives, hypnotics and anesthetics.

Patient discussion about depressant

Q. am i depressed i feel sad,lonely,streeted,worthless that nothing matter anymore..i sleep all the time,loss of intrest of everything..

A. yes,go see a dr. a.s.a.p.,i went through a bad depression mode during the divorce of my first wife,i slept for 3 days,no food,no shower,nobody to talk to,so i finlly went to the dr. he put me on prozac,and after a few days i was back to my old self again,JUST GO SEE A DR.

Q. what about depression?

A. Hey. It might be nice "for you" if you came back to this and said some more, or read some of the other questions and answers.

Q. what causes depression?

A. You need to define what you mean by depression. Clincal depression is one thing and feeling low from time to time is another. There is a lot of good information at your finger tips on the www. You may want to shy away from those websites that are paid for my the pharmacutical companies. They want to sell you their drugs. What is the cause of your depression? Are there one or two things that you can point to? If you are clinically depressed, see a dr., that is, if you can get out of bed...If you are depressed due to family, or the fools in Washington, those are things that you may work out with your minister or rabbi or a therapist. I have found a lot of good information on therapy and therapists on www.focusas.com
You may want to start there.

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