antianxiety agent

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dispelling anxiety; called also anxiolytic.
antianxiety agent a psychotropic medication that dispels anxiety; the group includes the benzodiazepines such as diazepam (Valium) and chlordiazepoxide (Librium) and a few less widely used nonbenzodiazepines such as meprobamate (Miltown or Equanil) and hydroxyzine (Atarax or Vistaril). Called also anxiolytic and minor tranquilizer.

an·ti·anx·i·e·ty a·gent

a functional category of drugs useful in the treatment of anxiety and able to reduce anxiety at doses that do not cause excessive sedation. Most commonly used drugs falling into this category are benzodiazepines, which act at the γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptor sites. Historically, barbiturates were the main agents in this category; a newer category, which acts at serotonin (5-HT1A) receptor sites, is currently represented by buspirone.
Synonym(s): anxiolytic (1) , minor tranquilizer

antianxiety agent

a drug that reduces anxiety. The group includes the benzodiazepine derivatives and a few less widely used nonbenzodiazepines such as meprobamate and hydroxyzine hydrochloride. Also called anxiolytic.

an·ti·anx·i·e·ty a·gent

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A functional category of drugs useful in the treatment of anxiety and able to reduce anxiety at dosage that does not cause excessive sedation (e.g., diazepam).
Synonym(s): anxiolytic (1) .

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