DISCLAIMER: This list is not complete, and is not intended as medical advice! This is simply a warning, and some amateur observations.
Everyone should seek the advice of a Medical Professional, do their own research, and take charge of their own treatment as informed
Ok, the Whitney Houston death has fueled this in regular circles that were somehow unaware of it before now, so I supposed I should put some input
into the topic.
Prescription Drugs are more dangerous than illicit drugs in many ways!
Drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities!
Prescription Drug Deaths Skyrocket
Fueling the surge are prescription pain and anxiety drugs that are potent, highly addictive and especially dangerous when combined with one
another or with other drugs or alcohol.
Houston's Death spurs look
at her doctors.
More people die in America every year from prescription drug abuse than die from heroin and coc aine combined. That stunning finding comes in
a new report Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That effort is well under way in the death of Whitney Houston, with investigators saying Wednesday they have subpoenaed records from the singer's
doctors and pharmacies who dispensed medication found in her hotel room.
The thing is, no one has to overdose, or be an addict, or do anything inappropriate to die from these drugs. People trust their doctors. People
often have multiple doctors. My wife has a lethal combination of prescriptions at this very moment. She could walk into her medicine cabinet, take
each of the prescribed medicines that doctors have given her over the past month, and lie down for bed, and she would soon join Heath Ledger, Whitney
Houston, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Anna Nicole Smith, Britanny Murphy, Bruce Lee, Chris Penn, ODB, Casey Johnson, and many, many others,
including a cousin of mine.
Actor Heath Ledger died from prescription medications including OxyContin, Hydrocodone, Valium and Xanax, and the sleep aids Restoril and Unisom.
Anna Nicole Smith died at 39 while on choral hydrate, Klonepin, Ativan, Benadryl and Topamax. This occurred just a few months after her son Daniel
died from a combination of Zoloft, Lexapro, Serax, Valium, and methadone. Another young actress, Brittany Murphy, died at 33. She had pneumonia, but
she got tipped over from her combination of prescribed medications including hydrocodone, acetominophen, methamphetamine, and chlorpheniramal.
My wife would very possibly already be dead if she didn't have a skeptic for a husband. It helps that I work in a field where we are intimately
aware of these dangers. 7 people
per day die in Florida alone from Prescription Drugs.
Some of these deaths are of course related to addicts and overdoses, but many of them are
A combination of common drugs can lead to a slowing of the heart rate or breathing to dangerous levels during sleep. Certain drugs can dampen the
body's natural emergency response to recover from the dangerously low levels, and sadly, some people take their prescriptions, and go to sleep, and
they just never wake up.
In Whitney's case, she apparently slipped below the water in her bath and inhaled the water, and died from drowning. It wasn't her years of illicit
drug abuse that finally did her in, it was a simple, relaxing bath, with prescription medications!
Drug Interaction Checker
There are many drug interaction warnings on prescriptions, and there are sites like the one above to get more information, but the key thing to
remember is this.........
Narcotics and other Pain Killers, combined with Muscle Relaxers, and/or Anti-Depressants are very dangerous. Combine either of those combinations
with Sleep Aids or Sedatives and the danger is increased dramatically. Combine some of the above with Alcohol, and your chances of death become far
Commonly Prescribed and Abused Drugs
***Try not to take these in combinations, or with alcohol, or just before bed
Brand names like Ambien, and Lunesta
Prescription Sleep Aids to help with falling asleep:
Prescription Sleep Aids that help to maintain sleep:
Prescription Sleep Aids to treat insomnia among patients with depression:
Muscle Relaxers w/pics
Brand names like Soma, Lorzone, Flexeril, Flexmid, Amrix, Norflex, Zanaflex, Robaxin, Skelaxin
Generic chemical names:
Anti-Depressants, and Mood Enhancers
Name Brands such as Xanax, Paxil, Zoloft,
Citalopram (Celexa, Cipramil)
Escitalopram (Lexapro, Cipralex, Seroplex, Lexamil)
Fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, Symbyax)
Paroxetine (Paxil, Aropax)
And Finally, Narcotics/Painkillers
Name Brands such as Vicodin, Ultram, Demerol, Lorcet, Percocet, Dilaudid, Celebrex, Oxycontin
Let me reiterate one additional time.... this list is not a complete list, there are many other dangerous drugs, and new drugs emerging daily.
Everyone should seek out the help of a Medical Professional. Each person should also do their own due diligence in researching meds, and taking
charge of their own treatments.
A couple of other random things to be aware of:
Pain reliever patches should never be cut, or altered in any way. Altering a patch gives an uneven, and dangerous dosage of medicine. It might not
be effective at all, or it might flood the system with an overdose. Never cut or alter a patch, and never combine patches.
Time Release meds can
be more dangerous than other Meds. Drug interactions with Time Release meds are harder to judge for a layman. The level
of drugs in the system stays higher for a longer period of time, and people often make mistakes combining drugs because of this.
Good luck folks, be careful out there, and look out for your loved ones!