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Central Nervous System Agents

Introduction: Central Nervous System Agents

Description of Central Nervous System Agents

Central Nervous System Agents: A class of drugs producing both physiological and psychological effects through a variety of mechanisms. They can be divided into "specific" agents, e.g., affecting an identifiable molecular mechanism unique to target cells bearing receptors for that agent, and "nonspecific" agents, those producing effects on different target cells and acting by diverse molecular mechanisms. Those with nonspecific mechanisms are generally further classed according to whether they produce behavioral depression or stimulation. Those with specific mechanisms are classed by locus of action or specific therapeutic use. (From Gilman AG, et al., Goodman and Gilman's The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, 8th ed, p252).
Source: MeSH 2007

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Hierarchical classifications of Central Nervous System Agents

The following list attempts to classify Central Nervous System Agents into categories where each line is subset of the next.

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