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2.07.2008

The Results Are In......

By now you've all heard that they are claiming Heath Ledger's death was caused by accidental overdose, based on 6 drugs (common prescriptions) being found in his body.
The Press Release stated - The cause of death was "acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine".
I'm not sure if you are familiar with these names, as they are most commonly prescribed by brand name.
Oxycodone is a painkiller marketed as OxyContin and used in other painkillers such as Percodan and Percocet; hydrocodone is used in a number of painkillers, including Vicodin. Diazepam and alprazolam are the generic names for the anti-anxiety drugs Valium and Xanax, and the other two drugs are sleep aids commonly sold under the brands Restoril and Unisom.

I ask, does any of that sound lethal to you? I know if you down bottles, yeah it's a lethal combination. But if you're just taking it as prescribed, a second pill here or there isn't going to kill you. I bring this up because TMZ is reporting that the Feds want to know how Heath got his meds.
I don't quite understand what the issue is with that. People, I have a whole bag of meds, and with the exception of my cancer medication (femara), everything else is prescribed by a pain management doctor (although I should say if I still took depression medication, it would likely be overseen by a Psychiatrist).....so anyway, back to my meds (now keep in mind all these but the one listed above come from ONE doctor) Opana ER; Opana IR; Lyrica; Xanaflex; Trazodone; Xanax - so it's safe to say that I go to bed nightly with at least 6 prescriptions in my body.

Let's go over MY meds so you can understand what each one is for, or does.
OPANA ER is oxymorphone, which is a morphine-like opioid agonist and a Schedule II controlled substance. It is an Extended Release form which I only take twice daily. The OPANA IR is basically the same thing, except it is Immediate Release and used for break-through pain. I can take it up to 3 times a day.
LYRICA is for the management of
Fibromyalgia. It is also used to help manage nerve pain.
XANFLEX is a widely popular muscle relaxant, which I use in combination with one of my 2 pain meds, to take up to 3 times a day.
TRAZODONE is used for drug induced insomnia - the kind I suffered from for 3 years!
XANAX is used to treat bouts of anxiety, stress and panic attacks. I used to have HORRIBLE work related stress when I first began taking it. Then shortly after, when cancer came along I would get panic or anxiety attacks when preparing to see a doctor or going to have procedures, blood, or IV's done. I still get pretty high strung over the procedures and IV part, but it has reduced the anxiety greatly.
FEMARA is a once-daily convenient tablet for the adjuvant (following surgery) treatment of postmenopausal women with hormone receptor–positive early stage breast cancer.....it's kind of like a hormone blocker, and a small dose of chemo all in one little pill.


In any case, the case I am making is this, that some doctors - who know what they are doing and are qualified, do write multiple scripts for one patient. It's not an uncommon practice. How many times have you walked into a doctor's office for like a cold and walk out with 3 or 4 scripts - antibiotics, codeine cough syrup, asthma inhaler to help your wheezing, Monistat cause you know what those antibiotics will do. It's easy to do and not think twice about it.
I have both a verbal and written agreement with my doctor that I am not to take scripts from any other doctor (except my oncologist or to let him know when I need scripts that he cannot fulfill - like anti-depressants, antibiotics, etc) and I also cannot have my scripts filled anywhere but this one pharmacy. That way both the doctor and the pharmacist are familiar with what I take and what could cause a reaction. Taking my scripts as written is not going to kill me. I have a lot of faith and trust in my doctor - and besides, you know me. I question everything. I'm not afraid to speak my mind.

Also the article on TMZ goes on to state that TMZ spoke to three clinical psychiatrists today, all of whom said it would be "highly unusual" and "reckless" for one physician to prescribe this combination of meds, and suggested that more than one doctor would have to have been involved, or that Ledger could have obtained them by other means.
This is such a crock of shit. My same pain doctor, who writes 6 scripts for me a month, has in the past also given me Ambiem and Lunesta - both of which I still have as I never finished the meds as they didn't work for shit. So if I die someone's going to blow a gasket over what I have? Personally I think all this is bullshit. It's not journalism, it's sensationalism. They're making mountains out of mole holes. He probably had a backache (thus the masseuse) took two pain pills, decided he should go to bed, took his anxiety meds to clear his head so he could try to get some sleep, and took a sleeping pill - then somewhere along the way something natural probably happened. He snored, so he had sleep apnea. People with that disorder often stop breathing while asleep - that combined slower breathing (as a side effect from the meds) could have very well explained what went wrong. But somehow I feel like this has all been part of a cover-up conspiracy. Anytime a celeb dies, their autopsied come back "inconclusive", but somehow there are always some sort of drugs involved (even if just a few) and it just seems that they shove the blame on the drugs since they couldn't figure out what they really died from. I just can't believe how ignorant these doctors can be........(you'll have to forgive me right now, I'm not happy with doctors at the moment as the life of a newborn cousin was lost this week. He was delivered with the cord wrapped around his neck - you would think that an OB/GYN would have been better prepared and known what to do to prevent his airway from being blocked for too long. Sometimes life isn't fair.)........but anyway, as I was saying you just can't help but to feel as though you aren't getting the real story when it comes to Hollywood. It's tragic, the loss and the lies.

2 comments:

Barbara said...

I agree with you 100% - it is a crock of shit! I have similar meds in my medicine cabinet and ALL of them were prescribed by a regular MD including the Effexor and Welburtin which are anit-depressants. I also have Ambien and a few others

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