respiratory depressant

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respiratory depressant

Etymology: L, respirare, to breathe, depremere, to press down
a drug or other agent that diminishes normal breathing functions. Most respiratory depressants, such as alcohol and opiates, act by depressing the central nervous system.

respiratory depressant

An agent that lessens frequency and depth of breathing.
See also: depressant

Patient discussion about respiratory depressant

Q. can respiratory problems cause depression? is it common? I know that not being able to breath comfortably is really frustrating...

A. ALL illness and I mean ALL have the potential for causing depression.
Illness isn't a happy event and the emotional reaction parallels Elizabeth Kubler Ross's 7 stages.

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No respiratory depressant effects were identified from therapeutic doses of Xyrem.
The respiratory depressant effects of opioids include carbon dioxide retention and secondary elevation of cerebrospinal fluid pressure, and may be markedly exaggerated in the presence of head injury, intracranial lesions, or other sources of preexisting increased intracranial pressure.
Opiates are very strong respiratory depressants and it doesn't take much to get a person over the edge," Haraszti said.

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