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An analeptic, in medicine, is a central nervous system stimulant medication. The term analeptic may also refer specifically to a respiratory analeptic (for example, doxapram), a drug that acts on the central nervous system to stimulate the breathing muscles, improving respiration.[1]

Historically, the term has referred to "a restorative, or remedies proper to restore the body, when wasted or emaciated by disease or hunger."[2]


  1. (2008). Analeptic. A Dictionary of Nursing. (mirror). URL accessed on 2008-06-08.
  2. Cyclopaedia, or Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, 1728.

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