I know there was a great deal of controversy over the movie "Brokeback Mountain." It was one of those films you either loved or hated. I saw it, and thought it was well and sensitively done. The two stars who played homosexual cowboys rendered their roles well and I looked forward to seeing further work by them. I was deeply saddened, therefore, to find out that Australian born Heath Ledger had been found dead in his hotel room on January 22. The cause of death has not been officially announced. However, a bottle of the sleeping pills, Ambien , were found near his body. Ambien has been known to cause a great deal of bizarre sleep behavior. Ambien and Bizarre Behavior The sleep aid, Zolpidem, sold under the trade name Ambien, is the best-selling prescribed sleeping pill in the US. It's estimated that over 25 million prescriptions for this drug were filled last year, and usage is growing. Although considered safer and less addictive than many pr...
For those of us who have been diagnosed with sleep
disorders, medications often become a part of our daily lives. Still, many people aren't aware of the possible
side effects of the sleep medication they take.
If you’re one of the many of us who take medications to help
us sleep, you should be aware that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
has requested that all manufacturers of sedative-hypnotic drug products, a
class of drugs used to induce and/or maintain sleep, strengthen their product
labeling to include stronger language concerning potential risks.
Sedative hypnotics (aka sleeping pills) have many possible
side effects and drug interactions, and patients using these medications noted
strange behavior in addition to the side effects listed on the initial FDA
label. Although all of these sleep aids can cause these problems, one medication,
Ambien (zolpidem) has been prominently featured in the news as a cause of these
problems, as it h...
Everyone knows that morphine, oxycodone and Valium can be abused, but not everyone expects common drugs like cough medicine and allergy medicine, which are found in most medicine cabinets, can be abused too. Every friend and family member needs to be aware of the potential dangers of seemingly harmless remedies that can hurl a loved one down into an abyss of chemical addiction.
Cough Medicines: Most cough medicines contain dextromethrophan (DM) because it helps to suppress cough. Unfortunately, this easily accessed drug is also abused, most commonly by young children ages 9-17. Various doses of DM produce various levels of euphoria. Parents beware: Coughing is easily faked by children seeking the cough medicine that unaware parents obtain. (1)
Anti-Histamines: The most common anti-histamine available is Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Although meant to suppress allergy symptoms, this drug can also produce nervous system stimula...
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