Barbiturates were frequently used to calm patients. Unfortunately, the barbiturates sometimes calmed the patients to an undesirable degree. Although the antianxiety agents produce some degree of sedation during the initial days of therapy, this sedation is usually short-lived.
b. Overdosage of Antianxiety Agents Rarely Results in Death to the Patient. As previously stated, the barbiturates were previously used to calm patients. Unfortunately, overdose of barbiturates can frequently result in coma, respiratory depression, and death. Antianxiety agents, on the other hand, are somewhat safe in terms of the amount of drug required to produce coma, respiratory depression, and death. This factor makes the wise use of antianxiety agents in special circumstances useful in the treatment of extremely anxious patients who are entertaining thoughts about suicide.
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