respiratory depressant


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.

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.

More discussions about respiratory depressant
References in periodicals archive ?
This will avoid use of respiratory depressant agents because of the concern of alteration in respiratory drive in the context of base line restrictive and neuromuscular respiratory insufficiency.
Patients under age 2 years may be more susceptible to the respiratory depressant effects of codeine, including respiratory arrest, coma, and death.
These agents have less respiratory depressant effects than their longer-acting counterparts, he added.
Opiates are very strong respiratory depressants and it doesn't take much to get a person over the edge," Haraszti said.

Full browser ?