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In pharmacology, a psycholeptic is a medication which produces a calming effect upon a person.[1] Such medications include barbiturates, benzodiazepines, nonbenzodiazepines, phenothiazines, opiates/opioids, carbamates, ethanol, 2-methyl-2-butanol, cannabinoids (in some classifications), some antidepressants, neuroleptics, and some anticonvulsants. Many herbal medicines may also be classified as psycholeptics (e.g. kava)[citation needed]

The psycholeptics are classified under N05 in the Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification System.

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  1. ^ editors, Q. Alan Xu, Timothy L. Madden,; Madden, Timothy L. (2012). LC-MS in drug bioanalysis. New York: Springer. p. 352. ISBN 9781461438281. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 

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