I wrote an article earlier mentioning that the sleeping medication Ambien was found near the body of actor Heath Ledger. I speculated at the time that perhaps an overdose of Ambien had caused his death. Official investigation revealed that, although Ambien was absent in the actor's body, there was a mix of half a dozen other sleep medications, pain killers and anti-anxiety medications present. These medications are usually safe if taken in the recommended dosage. However, if dosage is increased, or if some pills are mixed with other pills, they can become lethal. The most dangerous are opioids (pain killers) that affect the central nervous system. Make sure you let your doctor know of all other medications, including over-the-counter and herbal remedies, when you are getting a new prescription. Never increase the amount you're taking without talking with your doctor. Never take medicines prescribed for other patients or give yours to someone else. Discuss...
Generic Name: ALPRAZOLAM EXTENDED-RELEASE - ORAL Pronounced: (al-PRA-zoe-lam) Xanax XR Oral Precautions
Before taking alprazolam, tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are allergic to it; or to other benzodiazepines (such as diazepam,
lorazepam); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain
inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
severe lung/breathing problems (such as COPD, sleep
drug or alcohol abuse
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use
machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you
can perform such activities safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about
all the products y...
Why am I not surprised? A study has shown that two classes of drugs often given, in tandem, to people with dementia - a population that also tends to have problems with incontinence - are together causing more rapid functional decline.
In " Dual Treatment of Incontinence and Dementia Associated with Functional Decline ," a study from researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, shows that "The two drugs are pharmacological opposites, which led us to hypothesize that the simultaneous treatment of dementia and incontinence could lead to reduced effectiveness of one or both drugs."
The study also says evidence shows "more rapid decline among residents taking both types of drugs represents a significant public health problem because an estimated 33 percent of people with dementia also take a drug for incontinence."
Prescription drugs often save lives. Many dramatically improve quality of life, for some people. However, these little pil...
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