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Sedatives Derived From Chemicals Can Make Elderly Nervous

by Medindia Content Team on March 27, 2006 at 3:23 PM
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Sedatives Derived From Chemicals Can Make Elderly Nervous

Chemical-based sedatives, which are used for calming the nervous, can act otherwise leading to nervousness among children and older people.

Substances like diphenhydramine, which can be purchased without a prescription, often create this paradox, says Ursula Sellerberg, spokeswoman for the Federal Organization of German Pharmacists Association (ABDA) in Berlin.

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Diazepam, the main ingredient in valium, can lead to anxiousness and sleeplessness among children and older people. Apparently there are no such paradoxes with plant-based sedatives such as valerian drops.

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