Sedatives can be misused to produce an overly-calming effect (alcohol being the classic and most common sedating drug).
In the event of an overdose or if combined with another sedative, many of these drugs can cause unconsciousness (see hypnotic) and even death.
Most of the studies reviewed used doses that were twice the recommended amount -- 50 milligrams -- of diphenhydramine, the active ingredient in Benadryl and other first-generation "sedating" allergy medications.
"We're not saying that there's not a difference," says lead researcher Bruce G.
There is some overlap between the terms "sedative" and "hypnotic".
A nervine is an herb that works on helping the nervous system combat stress and nervous exhaustion. If mixed with Valerian or Passionflower, you should not use any other sleep inducing medication such as Valium.
There are many ways to calm down your cat in stressful situations — some medical and some non-medical.