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a drug with a calming, soothing effect; currently it is usually used to mean an antianxiety agent (minor tranquilizer).
major tranquilizer former term for antipsychotic agent.
minor tranquilizer antianxiety agent.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


A drug that promotes tranquility by calming, soothing, quieting, or pacifying with minimal sedating or depressant effects.
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(trăng′kwə-līz′ər, trăn′-)
1. Any of various drugs used to reduce tension or anxiety; an antianxiety agent.
2. Any of various drugs used to treat psychotic states; an antipsychotic drug. Not in scientific use.
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A popular term for a sedative or sedative/hypnotic
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


A drug that reduces anxiety without sedating or depressant effects.
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Tranquilizer (minor)

A drug that has a calming effect and is used to treat anxiety and emotional tension.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


Drug that promotes tranquility by calming, and pacifying with minimal sedation.
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Patient discussion about tranquilizer

Q. can you use zoplidem as tranquilizers is it possible to zolpidem as anti anxiety pills

A. Zolpidem is a medicine for insomnia. it is given only in a really bad case of insomnia. but it will be a little help as an anti anxiety pill. as i said in your first question- there are better medication for need to take Zolpidem.

Q. can you use zoplidem as tranquilizers can you use tramadol in a high dosage for depression as I read that it does have properties to treat depression and anxiety

A. both medications are highly dangerous if taken not according to their instructions. they both need prescription and a doctor observations. and besides, there are much better medications that can help with depression. Tramadol is an opiate so it won't help in the depression department.

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Our results confirm that available budget is positively correlated with tranquillizer demand.
In relation to policy implications, we suggest the need for controlling teenagers' tranquillizer demand, such as promoting healthier life styles, rather than discontinuing the provision of tranquillizers.
Women and tranquillizer use: A case study in the social politics of health and health care.
TABLE 1 TRANQUILLIZER USE AMONG YOUNG STUDENTS No use of Tranquillizer tranquillizers use with prescription N % N % Total (N = 73.369) 63.844 87.0 4.617 6.3 Male (n = 35.850) 32.079 89.5 1.904 5.3 Female (n = 37.519) 31.765 84.7 2.713 7.2 Tranquillizer Tranquillizer use use without both with and prescription without prescription N % N % Total (N = 73.369) 2.776 3.8 2.132 2.9 Male (n = 35.850) 1.028 2.9 839 2.3 Female (n = 37.519) 1.748 4.7 1.293 3.4 Resource: Spanish National Survey of Drug Use in School Population (Spanish Drug Observatory, 2000, 2002, and 2004).
According to the Spanish Survey on Drug Use in School Populations (Spanish Drug Observatory, 2004) tranquillizers are the fourth most consumed addictive substance among teenagers, just behind alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, and cannabis.
Higher use of tranquillizers by females has been attributed to more frequent use of medical services and higher symptoms.
Descriptive statistics reveal that 13% of the sampled students had consumed tranquillizers at least once: 6% only with medical prescription, 4% only without medical prescription, and 3% both with and without medical prescription.
In our specific model we adopt the following form, with [TC.sub.j] being the dependent variable that takes the value 0 if the individual has not consumed tranquillizers (1), 1 if the individual has consumed tranquillizers only with medical prescription, 2 if the individual has consumed tranquillizers only without medical prescription, and 3 if the individual has consumed tranquillizers both with and without medical prescription:
Regarding parents' drug consumption, 3% of the students' parents consumed tranquillizers, 35% smoked, and less than 1% drank alcoholic beverages.