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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...
Generic Name: ZOLPIDEM - ORAL Pronounced: (ZOHL-pee-dem) Ambien Oral Uses
Zolpidem is used to treat sleep problems (insomnia) in
adults. If you have trouble falling asleep, it helps you fall asleep faster, so
you can get a better night's rest. Zolpidem belongs to a class of drugs called
sedative-hypnotics. It acts on your brain to produce a calming
This medication is usually limited to short treatment
periods of 1 to 2 weeks or less.
How To Use Ambien Oral
Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient
Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start taking
zolpidem and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth on an empty stomach as
directed by your doctor, usually once a night. Since zolpidem works quickly,
take it right before you get into bed. Do not take it with or after a meal
because it will not work as quickly...
Xanax is an antianxiety drug approved by the FDA for treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder. It and its generic version, alprazolam, are also often prescribed off-label for people with bipolar disorder, even if they don't have those specific anxiety disorders as well, usually to treat anxiety and insomnia.
The FDA-approved information about Xanax emphasizes the risk of emotional and physical dependence, especially at doses of 4mg/day or higher. To minimize withdrawal symptoms, the dosage should be tapered off slowly when discontinuing this drug (more below).
Some of the other most important things to know about Xanax are:
Your prescribing doctor must know about all other prescription and over-the-counter drugs you take, and about your alcohol use. Drinking alcoholic beverages can cause problems when you take Xanax.
Use of Xanax along with certain other drugs, including Prozac (fluoxetine), oral contraceptives, and certain antifungal drugs is contraindi...
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