What is Sedation?

Sedation is used to reduce fear and anxiety before and during procedures or surgeries. Sedatives are administered through inhalation, tablets, injections, or IVs. Common drug classes used for sedation are benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and antihistamines.

Savings Tips for Sedation

  • Phenobarbital Availability

    August 15, 2013

    Selected strengths of phenobarbital are currently experiencing availability issues in pharmacies. The availability issues are related to manufacturing discontinuations, and the affected strengths are not available through distributors. Here is what you need to know:

    What is phenobarbital?
    Phenobarbital, part of the barbiturates class, is used in the treatment of seizures and as a sedative. Phenobarbital has been used for many years, but its popularity has decreased substantially due to adverse effects, drug interactions, and the potential for addiction. See More

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Popular Sedation Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Antihistamines 1,483 See Prices
Antihistamines 9 See Prices
Antihistamines 9 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Sedation Drug Classes

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