Sedative, Hypnotic, Anxiolytic Use Disorder
Sedative, Hypnotic, & Anxiolytic
Sedative, Hypnotic or Anxiolytic Use Disorder is a condition involving prescription medication misuse or addiction/ dependency.
The types of medications include sedatives (substances used for a calming effect), sleep-inducing medicines (hypnotics) and anti-anxiety (anixiolytics) medications (SHA) including barbituates, benzodiazepine, and carbamate.
These substances are commonly used to treat anxiety, other substance dependencies, insomnia, muscle tension, seizures, and high blood pressure.
SHA dependence and SHA use disorders can be lethal.
A physical dependency to these substances is common as part of the treatment. The disorder is achieved when the prescribed medications are misused, or if the dosage is modified by the patient in conjunction with other misuse or use of substances that may be harmful when combined.
How do Sedative, Hypnotic or Anxiolytics affect the brain and body?
At high doses, sedative-hypnotics can seriously slow mental and physical reaction time. A person ‘s behavior can become slow and sluggish, and slow down the amount of sensory input received. Intoxication by a sedative-hypnotic impairs behavior, judgement, and memory.
High doses slow the brain’s breathing center, which can lead to death.