sleeping pill

sleeping pill, a pill containing medication that induces sleep. Benzodiazepines such as temazepam (Restoril) and triazolam (Halcion) have for the most part replaced barbiturates as drugs of choice for insomnia. Imidaopyridines, such as zolpidem tartrate, are also sometimes used for short-term treatment; they are nonbenzodiazepines but work by acting on benzodiazepine receptors.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on sleeping pill from Fact Monster:

  • barbiturate - barbiturate barbiturate , any one of a group of drugs that act as depressants on the central ...
  • Marilyn Monroe - Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane Mortenson or Baker) actress Born: 6/1/1926 Birthplace: Los Angeles ...
  • Karen Mulder - Biography of Karen Mulder, Former model for Guess? and Victoria's Secret
  • antianxiety drug - antianxiety drug antianxiety drug, drug administered for the relief of anxiety. Although their ...
  • sleep apnea - sleep apnea sleep apnea, episodes of interrupted breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is ...

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Pharmacology

Play Hangman

Play Poptropica

Play Quizzes

Play Tic Tac Toe