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Explains what sleeping pills and minor tranquillisers are used for, how the medication works, possible side effects and information about withdrawal.
Here's an overview of all the non-benzodiazepine anti-anxiety drugs currently licensed in the UK.
Some of these drugs have more than one name. You might know a drug by its generic name or its trade name (see our page about drug names for more information on this).
For detailed information about a particular drug, you can look it up in our Sleeping Pills and Minor Tranquillisers A–Z.
These three drugs are all quite different and have no shared characteristics.
For information on when to avoid taking these drugs and adverse effects, see the listing for each drug in the Sleeping Pills and Minor Tranquillisers A-Z.
This information was published in August 2016. We will revise it in 2019.
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