The word out is that Heather Locklear who recently checked herself into a medical facility in Arizona had been abusing Cocaine and Ambien (hypnotic type drug – sleeping pills) and drugs similar to Ambien for years. If this is all true, who’s fault is this? Let’s take a look…
“Ambien is a sedative also called a hypnotic (anti-psychotic drug). It affects chemicals in your brain that may become unbalanced and cause sleep problems.” Imagine that – a sleeping pill that may cause insomnia!
“Some people using this medication have engaged in activity such as driving, eating, making phone calls, and later have no memory of the activity.”
“Ambien can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or your reactions.
- worsening sleep problems;
- depressed mood, thoughts of hurting yourself;
- unusual risk-taking behavior, decreased inhibitions, no fear of danger;
- aggression, feeling agitated;
- hallucinations, confusion, loss of personality.”
What is considered less serious side effects of Ambien:
- “daytime drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, feeling “drugged” or light-headed;
- weakness, lack of coordination;
- amnesia, forgetfulness;
- vivid or abnormal dreams;
- diarrhea, nausea, vomiting;
- headache, muscle pain; or
- blurred vision.”
They consider amnesia to be a less serious side effect? My goodness! Who makes up this stuff?
“Side effects other than those listed here may also occur.”
Thirteen different manufacturers now produce a generic brand of Ambien named Zolpidem tartrate.
In March 2007, the FDA requested that all makers 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.
These risks include severe allergic reactions and complex sleep-related behaviors, which may include sleep-driving. Sleep driving is defined as driving while not fully awake after ingestion of a sedative-hypnotic product, with no memory of the event.
If Ambien and its generics can cause such episodes then I would not doubt that Heather Locklear felt she needed help.
This is in no way excluding her potential use of Cocaine, but I just wonder which came first the chicken or the egg.
See a more recent article entitled, “Getting off Ambien (Zolpidem), Withdrawal, Side Effects and Alternatives” for additional side effects, withdrawal symptoms and alternative treatment.
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