Gallant, Donald M. Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana.
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A medication capable of producing a mild state of inhibition of the central nervous system (CNS) associated with reduced awareness of external stimuli. Numerous pharmacologic agents can induce different degrees of sedation, depending on the following variables: dosage; route of administration; absorption, metabolism, and excretion rates of the compound; specific receptor sites in the central nervous system that are affected by the agent; environmental setting; and state of the patient. See also: Central nervous system
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