central nervous system depressant

cen·tral ner·vous sys·tem de·pres·sant

(sentrăl nĕrvŭs sistĕm dĕ-presănt)
Medication used to slow down neuronal activity.
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Central nervous system (CNS) depressant

Any drug that tends to reduce the activity of the central nervous system. The major drug categories included in this classification are: alcohol, anesthetics, anti-anxiety medications, antihistamines, antipsychotics, hypnotics, narcotics, sedatives, and tranquilizers.
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GHB also known as 'G' or 'liquid ecstasy', is a central nervous system depressant. It is used extensively in clubs, but also in private house parties.
Varying degrees of central nervous system depressant activity in mice were observed with the acetone leaf extract.
<br />Judges Wanda Bryant, Chris Dillon, and John Tyson agreed that the trial court did not abuse its discretion by admitting, pursuant to Rule 702 of the North Carolina Rules of Evidence, the expert testimony of an Asheville police officer who determined that a central nervous system depressant caused the impairment of a woman convicted of driving while impaired.
* Avoid consuming alcohol; it dramatically reduces your ability to and the speed at which you can respond since it is a neurotoxin and a central nervous system depressant. It can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, and lower your blood pressure, triggering dizziness or causing you to pass out.
Meperidine exerts high central nervous system depressant effects through producing prolonged activation of opioid receptors ([micro]-receptor).
Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, although in smaller amounts it may appear to have a mild stimulant effect.
'Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, so what the authors suggest is not unreasonable at all," Dr.
He said: "Methadone is a central nervous system depressant.
It is a central nervous system depressant which, when abused, can produce euphoria, intoxication and hallucinations.
DEG, a substance used in antifreeze and as a solvent, is a central nervous system depressant and potent kidney and liver toxin.
Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant and leads to a decrease in the level of alertness in the brain.
Acute exposure of mice to maneb led to central nervous system depressant effects, including decreased locomotor activity involving the dopaminergic systems (Morato et al.

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