Why is clonidine sedating
I have divided the drugs with abuse potential into categories based on their primary psychoactive effect. Trazadone, for example, can be either a sedative or a euphoric, depending on how it is used.
Some have little therapeutic value and so are not such a big problem—I just don’t prescribe them.
” you certainly may email me for the details that I do not want to list in a public forum. The drugs abused for their psychedelic, sensorium altering effects are mainly drugs with anticholinergic effects. This includes all of the following medications: Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Vistaril (hydroxyzine), Chlorpheniramine (CTM), benztropine (Cogentin), and trihexyphenidyl (Artane). Cogentin and Artane have legitimate use as treatments for dystonia caused by antipsychotics. The potential for drug seeking should be considered for atypical patients seeking this drug. The risk for abuse often outweighs the potential benefit of this drug. It should not be prescribed to anyone else–there are too many other, better treatments for constipation. Controlled substances: Three medications deserve special mention because it is sometimes not known that these drugs are DEA controlled substances.
Remember that no DEA scheduled drugs are listed here (with three special exceptions)—only those drugs that tend to be considered “benign” in outside medicine, but are commonly abused in correctional facilities. The sedatives are drugs obtained primarily for their sedative effects. Carbamazepine has legitimate use as a seizure drug and a Bipolar drug but is a second or third tier drug for both indications. You know how goofy you feel after you take Benadryl? The other first generation antihistamines are commonly used for allergic symptoms. This is a drug commonly prescribed for overactive bladder symptoms, but is desired for its anticholinergic effects.
Of all of these differences, one that stands out in importance is the fact that many seemingly benign medications are abused in correctional settings.
Of course, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has established a list of drugs known to have potential for abuse and even addiction.However, the drugs that we are talking about here are not on the DEA’s list.