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Anxiolytics are a loosely defined class of pharmaceuticals used in the treatment of anxiety. They include the barbituates, the benzodiazepines, antihistamines and narcotics, each of which has a different mechanism of action.

Beta blockers are also prescribed for their anti-anxiety effect.

Alcohol initially reduces anxiety, but this effect soon reverses itself, making the person more anxious.

Anxiolytic at Wikipedia

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