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Chyna Died From Valium, Ambien OD: Manager

He says it wasn't a suicide attempt

(Newser) - With toxicology reports still months away, Chyna's manager says he knows what killed the former professional wrestler, the New York Daily News reports. Anthony Anzaldo, who found Chyna's body in her California home last Wednesday, says she was killed by an unintentional overdose of legally prescribed Ambien and... More »

8.6M Americans Take Pills to Sleep

Use more common among women, older people

(Newser) - About 4% of Americans aged 20 and older—some 8.6 million of us—turn to prescription drugs like Lunesta and Ambien to catch a few winks, a study finds. In the first federal study on usage, researchers followed 17,000 people between 2005 and 2010. A quarter of them... More »

FDA Demands Lower Dosages on Sleeping Pills

Ambien, Zolpimist seen impairing people in the morning

(Newser) - Sleeping drugs like Ambien and Zolpimist are going to have to come with lower recommended dosages from now on, the FDA declared today, in the hopes that it will lead to fewer zonked-out people climbing into driver's seats for their morning commute. Studies show that eight hours after taking... More »

Brokaw: No Health Scare, I Accidentally Ate Ambien

So no need to panic, folks

(Newser) - Tom Brokaw was rushed to a Charlotte hospital "out of an abundance of caution" this morning after he felt "light-headed" on the set of MSNBC's Morning Joe, reports the AP . But never fear, media lovers: The 72-year-old is doing a-OK. It seems he just accidentally ate a... More »

Kerry Kennedy on Ambien During Car Crash

It was drugs, not seizure

(Newser) - Kerry Kennedy had the sedative Ambien in her system when she crashed her car last week in Westchester and tried to leave the scene, according to court documents filed yesterday. Toxicology tests found zolpidem, the generic name for the sedative Ambien, in a blood sample taken the day Kennedy swerved... More »

Kerry Kennedy Blames Seizure for Wreck

Truck driver says she tried to flee scene, but tire popped

(Newser) - Kerry Kennedy may have appeared to be high on drugs when she was busted last week after crashing her Lexus into a tractor-trailer rig, but she was actually suffering a "partial seizure," she has explained to a judge. Kennedy, daughter of Bobby Kennedy and ex-wife of Gov. Andrew... More »

Bryson Won't Be Charged for Hit-and-Runs

Though ex-commerce secretary tested positive for Ambien

(Newser) - Prosecutors have decided not to charge former Commerce Secretary John Bryson over two alleged hit-and-runs in California last month. Two doctors concluded that Bryson's strange series of traffic collisions was the result of confusion following a seizure. The 68-year-old—who resigned after the incident —tested negative for alcohol... More »

Prescription Drugs Found in Dead Surfer's Room

Friends say addiction not plausible

(Newser) - Speculation is swirling around the death of surfing great Andy Irons after police found a variety of prescription drugs in his Dallas hotel room. Police reports indicate that Irons had generic versions of Ambien and Xanax, and the county medical examiner told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that one of the bottles... More »

Enquirer: Tiger Hooked on Drugs, Too

Woods returned to rehab for substance abuse, not sex addiction: tab

(Newser) - Tiger Woods isn't just a great golfer and a sex addict—he's a drug addict, too, according to the National Enquirer . Woods "blamed a lot of his cheating behavior on his drug addiction, saying that the drugs were responsible for impairing his judgment," but wife Elin Nordegren isn't... More »

TMZ: Woods Was Admitted to Hospital as OD

OD, breathing trouble noted on hospital charts after SUV crash

(Newser) - Tiger Woods was admitted to the hospital listed as an overdose after his SUV crash, according to sources at Florida's Health Central Hospital. Woods—whose wife handed paramedics bottles of Ambien and Vicodin—was having trouble breathing and doctors used a respiration tube to help him, the sources tell TMZ.... More »

Elin to Cops: Tiger Was Drinking Before Crash

Woods had been prescribed Ambien, Vicodin

(Newser) - Tiger Woods was drinking before his SUV crash, a newly released police report shows. Elin Nordegren Woods told the officers at the scene her husband had consumed alcohol and had prescriptions for Ambien and Vicodin the day of the crash. The new details come from a police report leaked to... More »

Rachel Uchitel Had 'Crazy Ambien Sex' With Tiger

Plus, Ashley Dupre, of all people, weighs in on Woods scandal

(Newser) - The Tiger Woods news just keeps on getting more disturbing: The latest revelation involves the drugs he allegedly did with Rachel Uchitel before they slept together. Uchitel, aka alleged mistress No. 1, bragged to friends about her “crazy Ambien sex” with Tiger, sources tell Radar . Why the insomnia drug?... More »

Money Woes Boost Sales of Sedatives, Antidepressants

Jump comes despite dive in marketing dollars

(Newser) - Here's a downer: The sale of antidepressants and sleeping pills have jumped amid the recession, and 31% of Americans asked about their sleeping habits say financial worries are keeping them up at night. The 7% jump in sleep aids comes despite hundreds of millions of fewer dollars spent on their... More »

8 Worrying Drug Side Effects

FDA-approved medications pass clinical trials, but the real world uncovers more

(Newser) - Despite rigorous testing, some drugs have side effects that only rear their ugly heads when introduced to the general population. Forbes catalogs some of the weirdest:
  1. Anti-smoking drug Chantix can cause insomnia and nightmares.
  2. Diet drug Alli can have unforeseen gastrointestinal side-effects; these can be counteracted by eating a low-fat
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Prices Jump for Top Drugs

Drug giants collect now against expected future losses

(Newser) - Drug companies have slapped a series of huge price hikes on some prescription drugs ahead of drug patent expirations, the Wall Street Journal reports. GlaxoSmithKline has raised the price of antidepressant Wellbutrin 44.5%, while Sanofi-Aventis hiked Ambien's price 70%. Wholesale prices for the top 50 drugs increased an average... More »

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