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Re: Minor Tranquilizers Fivefires

Posted by Larry Hoover on April 10, 2007, at 9:33:58

In reply to Minor Tranquilizers Quintal, posted by Fivefires on April 8, 2007, at 16:43:10

> I understand, I think.
>
> Minor tranquilizers and benzodiazepines one and same?? Are they, as well as major tranquilizers, all considered anxiolytics? Guess this is rhetoric.

It is rhetoric. And it's an old classification system, quite arbitrary in form.

Benzos and barbiturates were minor tranquilizers, whereas what we now call antipsychotics were the major tranquilizers (e.g. Mellaril, Haldol). Major tranquilizers were also known as neuroleptics, which means literally "grabbing the mind", in the context of suppressing psychosis.

Anxiolytics are not the same as tranquilizers, but you'd probably have to split hairs to assert that.

Lar

 

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