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Medications for Sedation

1. The act of calming, especially by the administration of a sedative.

2. The state of being calm.

Drugs used for Sedation

The medications listed below are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
trazodone 6.7 132 reviews for trazodone to treat Sedation
Rx C N X
Generic name:
trazodone systemic
Drug class:
phenylpiperazine antidepressants
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
hydroxyzine 5.5 233 reviews for hydroxyzine to treat Sedation
Rx N N X
Generic name:
hydroxyzine systemic
Brand name:
Vistaril
Drug class:
miscellaneous anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics, antihistamines
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Ativan 7.7 8 reviews for Ativan to treat Sedation
Rx D 4 X
Generic name:
lorazepam systemic
Drug class:
benzodiazepines, miscellaneous antiemetics, benzodiazepine anticonvulsants
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
lorazepam 6.9 22 reviews for lorazepam to treat Sedation
Rx D 4 X
Generic name:
lorazepam systemic
Brand names:
Ativan, Lorazepam Intensol
Drug class:
benzodiazepines, miscellaneous antiemetics, benzodiazepine anticonvulsants
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Lorazepam Intensol 9.0 3 reviews for Lorazepam Intensol to treat Sedation
Rx D 4 X
Generic name:
lorazepam systemic
Drug class:
benzodiazepines, miscellaneous antiemetics, benzodiazepine anticonvulsants
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Vistaril 5.9 16 reviews for Vistaril to treat Sedation
Rx N N X
Generic name:
hydroxyzine systemic
Drug class:
miscellaneous anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics, antihistamines
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
promethazine 5.9 126 reviews for promethazine to treat Sedation
Rx C N X
Generic name:
promethazine systemic
Brand names:
Phenadoz, Promethegan, Antinaus 50
Drug class:
antihistamines, phenothiazine antiemetics
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
fentanyl 6.0 4 reviews for fentanyl to treat Sedation
Rx C 2 X
Generic name:
fentanyl systemic
Drug class:
Opioids (narcotic analgesics)
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Precedex Rate Add review
Rx C N X
Generic name:
dexmedetomidine systemic
Drug class:
miscellaneous anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
dexmedetomidine Rate Add review
Rx C N X
Generic name:
dexmedetomidine systemic
Brand name:
Precedex
Drug class:
miscellaneous anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
phenobarbital 3.0 1 review for phenobarbital to treat Sedation
Rx D 4 X
Generic name:
phenobarbital systemic
Drug class:
barbiturates, barbiturate anticonvulsants
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Amytal Sodium Rate Add review
Rx D 2 X
Generic name:
amobarbital systemic
Drug class:
barbiturates
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Phenadoz Rate Add review
Rx C N X
Generic name:
promethazine systemic
Drug class:
antihistamines, phenothiazine antiemetics
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
Promethegan Rate Add review
Rx C N X
Generic name:
promethazine systemic
Drug class:
antihistamines, phenothiazine antiemetics
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Antinaus 50 Rate Add review
Rx C N X
Generic name:
promethazine systemic
Drug class:
antihistamines, phenothiazine antiemetics
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
pentobarbital 5.0 1 review for pentobarbital to treat Sedation
Rx D M X
Generic name:
pentobarbital systemic
Drug class:
barbiturates
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
chloral hydrate 2.0 1 review for chloral hydrate to treat Sedation
Rx C 4 X
Generic name:
chloral hydrate systemic
Drug class:
miscellaneous anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
remimazolam Rate Add review
Rx 4 X
Generic name:
remimazolam systemic
Brand name:
Byfavo
Drug class:
benzodiazepines
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph
amobarbital Rate Add review
Rx D 2 X
Generic name:
amobarbital systemic
Brand name:
Amytal Sodium
Drug class:
barbiturates
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
Byfavo Rate Add review
Rx 4 X
Generic name:
remimazolam systemic
Drug class:
benzodiazepines
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information

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Alternative treatments for Sedation

The following products are considered to be alternative treatments or natural remedies for Sedation. Their efficacy may not have been scientifically tested to the same degree as the drugs listed in the table above. However, there may be historical, cultural or anecdotal evidence linking their use to the treatment of Sedation.

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription only.
OTC Over-the-counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over-the-counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
EUA An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
Expanded Access Expanded Access is a potential pathway for a patient with a serious or immediately life-threatening disease or condition to gain access to an investigational medical product (drug, biologic, or medical device) for treatment outside of clinical trials when no comparable or satisfactory alternative therapy options are available.
Pregnancy Category
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Schedule
M The drug has multiple schedules. The schedule may depend on the exact dosage form or strength of the medication.
U CSA Schedule is unknown.
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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