by Medindia Content Team on  March 27, 2006 at 3:23 PM Drug News
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.

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.

--Edited IANS

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