Respiratory depression or respiratory insuffíciency is when breathing reduces to a rate below 12 breaths per minute or fails to provide full ventilation and perfusion of the lungs.
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Respiratory depression may be caused by medications that act as respiratory depressants, a drug or other agent that diminishes normal breathing. Most respiratory depressants, such as alcohol and opioids, act by depressing the activity of the central nervous system.
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- Harris, Peter; Nagy, Sue; Vardaxis, Nicholas (August 22, 2018). Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions - Revised 3rd Anz Edition. Australia: Elsevier Health Sciences. p. 1496. ISBN 978-0-7295-8691-7.
- Carruthers, Bruce M.; Jain, Anil Kumar; De Meirleir, Kenny L.; Peterson, Daniel L.; Klimas, Nancy G.; Lerner, A. Martin; Bested, Alison C.; Flor-Henry, Pierre; Joshi, Pradip; Powles, AC Peter; Sherkey, Jeffrey A.; van de Sande, Marjorie I. (2003), "Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Clinical Working Case Definition, Diagnostic and Treatment Protocols" (PDF), Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, 11 (2): 7–115, doi:10.1300/J092v11n01_02
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