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Sedatives: Dependence, Withdrawal, & Alternatives

Sedatives, also called tranquilizers or hypnotics, is a class of drugs that induces any number of drugs that cause sedation.
There can be some overlap of drugs between the sedative class, benzodiazepine class, tranquilizers, hypnotics and anxiolytics. However, while some drugs fit into other classifications of drugs, there are several types of drugs that only fit into the sedatives class; examples of-which would include Z-drugs such as Intermezzo, Sonata, Ambien, and Lunesta.

What Are the Types of Sedative Drugs & Medications?

Click on the type of sedative below to learn more. We provide general and clinical information on these drugs, as well as FAQs, resources, and clinical information on quitting sedatives, sedative withdrawal, and assistance on how to safely taper sedative drugs.

Sedatives Medication FAQs

Because a number of drugs can fit into the class of sedatives, we have included general questions and answers about the sedative class of drugs below, including general questions about Z-drugs.

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What are Z-Drugs?

Z-drugs are non-benzodiazepine drugs that are often used to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders. They also have been used “off label” for anxiety, restless leg syndrome, and a host of other experimental treatments. The 3 primary groups of z-drugs are Imidazopyridines (zolpidem), Cyclopyrrolones (zopiclone, eszopiclone), and Pyrazolopyrimidines (zaleplon).
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