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 EXTENDED-RELEASE - ORAL Pronounced: (ZOL-pi-dem) Ambien CR Oral Uses
Zolpidem is used for a short time 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
How To Use Ambien CR Oral
Read the Medication Guide and the Patient Instructions for
Use provided by your pharmacist before you start using zolpidem and each time
you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or
Prime the product according to the instructions before you
use it for the first time and if you have not used it for at least 14 days.
Point the spray away from your face and other people while you are priming
Spray this medication into your mouth over your tongue as
directed by your doctor, usually...
The all-out effort to make all opioid pain-relieving medications more difficult to get continues. Last week an FDA panel voted 19 to 10 to reclassify medications that contain hydrocodone – like Vicodin and Lortab – from Schedule III drugs to Schedule II drugs.
Currently, under the federal Controlled Substances Act, medications containing hydrocodone are classified as Schedule III drugs. This means doctors can call in or fax prescriptions to the pharmacy and can allow up to five refills in a six-month period.
If hydrocodone-containing products are reclassified to Schedule II, only written prescriptions with an original signature by the physician are acceptable and no refills are allowed. If you take a hydrocodone medication on a regular basis, that means in most cases you'll have to go to your doctor's office every month to get a new prescription.
The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) does allow, but does not encourage, doctors to issue multiple pre...
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