Definition of tranquillizer in English:


(US tranquilizer) (also tranquilliser)


  • A medicinal drug taken to reduce tension or anxiety.

    • ‘Other studies have shown that barbiturates and tranquillisers given with analgesics contribute nothing to pain relief.’
    • ‘Medications prescribed most frequently for this population are psychoactive drugs such as sleeping pills, tranquilizers, and anti-depressants.’
    • ‘The smallest possible dose of a tranquilizer or narcotic medicine should be used.’
    • ‘Minor tranquilizers, (milder than tranquilizers of the chlorpromazine family), were developed from the same molecule that had changed somewhat after long storage.’
    • ‘It is vital to get the whole story, because symptomatic treatment for any of these complaints, e.g. sleeping pills, tranquilizers, or narcotics, could be worse than no treatment at all.’
    • ‘Sedatives, tranquilizers, and ergotamine medicines also can cause rebound headache.’
    • ‘Certain drugs such as diuretics, high blood pressure meds, tranquilizers, antidepressants and antihistamines lower the flow of saliva.’
    • ‘Cannabis remained the most frequently found drug, followed by tranquillisers such as valium, then opiates and cocaine.’
    • ‘Certain drugs such as benzodiazepines, which are tranquillisers and hypnotics.’
    • ‘Anxiety is often a symptom of another mental health problem, such as depression, personality disorder, alcohol misuse or withdrawal from long-term use of tranquillisers.’
    • ‘Sedatives and tranquilizers also may help you stop scratching, but your doctor will want to monitor your use of these substances because they can be addictive.’
    • ‘And then the lower tier, class C, which comprise non-arrestable offenses, are steroids and tranquilizers, benzodiazepines and so on.’
    • ‘Alcohol also increases the effects of tranquilizers or barbiturates.’
    • ‘In addition, there was no reported use of heroin and only 2 participants reported any use of sedatives or tranquilizers in the past year.’
    • ‘These can include tranquillisers, particularly benzodiazepines.’
    • ‘Those nine substances are sedatives, amphetamines, analgesics, tranquilizers, inhalants, marijuana, cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin.’
    • ‘Governments' lists of essential drugs should include antidepressants, antipsychotics, antiepileptics, and tranquillisers, many of which are affordable even in low income countries.’
    • ‘The most common drug abuse disorders involved marijuana, followed by cocaine, amphetamines, hallucinogens, opioids, sedatives, tranquilizers, and inhalants.’
    • ‘In the more severe cases, tranquilizers and antidepressant drugs have been reported to be of benefit.’
    • ‘Mixing alcohol with other drugs such as tranquilizers, sleeping pills, pain killers, and antihistamines can be very dangerous, even fatal.’
    sedative, calmative, depressant, opiate, neuroleptic, sleeping pill, soporific, drug, narcotic
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