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Are Zaleplon (Sonata) & Zolpidem (Ambien) considered psychotropic medications?

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kaismama 10 Dec 2013

No, they are hypnotics, sleep medication.

pamee 10 Dec 2013

Yes they are psychotropic

DzooBaby 10 Dec 2013

No, they are not classed as psychotropics. They are classed as hypnotics, sedatives or "sleeping pills". They do act upon the Central Nervous System (CNS) though.
https://www.drugs.com/sonata.html
Sonata is a sedative, also called a hypnotic. It affects chemicals in your brain that may become unbalanced and cause sleep problems (insomnia).

Sonata is used to treat insomnia. This medication causes relaxation to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.

https://www.drugs.com/ambien.html

Ambien (zolpidem) is a sedative, also called a hypnotic. It affects chemicals in your brain that may become unbalanced and cause sleep problems (insomnia).

DzooBaby 10 Dec 2013

They are not "true" psychotropics like an antidepressant or antipsychotic would be, but some sources will group them with psychotropics. They are CLASSED as sedative/hypnotics.

DzooBaby 10 Dec 2013

Definition:
Psychotropics, or psychotropic medications, are drugs that affect the mind / perception, behavior and mood. Common types of psychotropic drugs include:
Antidepressants
Anxiolytics, or anti-anxiety agents
Antipsychotics
Mood stabilizers

pamee 10 Dec 2013

Dzoo, all what you said is true; however, they are still considered psychotropic. The question was are they psychotropic. Any medication that affects behaviour etc. Is psychtropic. I don't need to go into it as you covered most.

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