What is a Sedative? - Definition & Effects


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What part of the body does a sedative slow down?

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1. Which type of prescription sedative is Xanax?

2. Karen Ann Quinlan became famous in the 1970's when she lapsed into a vegetative state after combining prescription sedatives with what?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Sedatives are often prescribed to individuals who are experiencing sleep deprivation, anxiety, or other difficulties, but sometimes these prescriptions can lead to addiction. These assessments will test you on symptoms of withdrawal, tolerance, and categories of sedatives.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz and worksheet to assess your ability to:

  • Identify withdrawal symptoms
  • Recall what Karen Ann Quinlan took sedatives with
  • Remember the different types of sedatives and identify examples
  • Explain what sedatives do to the human body
  • Relate the term for taking higher and more frequent doses of a drug to achieve the wanted effect

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on sedative effects
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding withdrawal symptoms and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding increasing drug dosage to achieve a desired effect

Additional Learning

You can find out additional information by reading the corresponding lesson, What is a Sedative? - Definition & Effects. Once you complete this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Define sedative
  • Name the different kinds of sedatives
  • Understand the meaning of tolerance
  • Explain how people become addicted to sedatives
  • Point out common sedative withdrawal symptoms