26 December 2009

Re the death of Brittany Murphy

TYWKIWDBI tries not to cover "celebrity news," but the following paragraph from Salon is worth noting:
The coroner's notes allegedly claim a pharmacopia in Murphy's bathroom cabinet: Topamax (for seizures or migraines), methylprednisolone (a steroid), fluoxetine (an antidepressant), Klonopin (for anxiety), carbamazepine (for seizures or bipolar disorder), Ativan (for anxiety), Vicoprofen (pain reliever), propranolol (for hypertension, migraines or anxiety), Biaxin (an antibiotic), and hydrocodone (a narcotic pain reliever). Gone are the days of shameful crack pipes and empty gin bottles. "No alcohol containers, paraphernalia or illegal drugs were discovered," the report stated...
More at the link re "doctor shopping" and the risks of prescription drugs.


  1. Incidentally, Ativan and Klonopin are also used as anti-seizure medications (in addition to anxiety medications), and Vicoprofen *has* hydrocodone in it; likely the other hydrocodone was hydrocodone and acetaminophen (known under the brand name Vicodin).

  2. How very very sad. Some of the most talented (and incidentally most troubled?) Stars of my generation taken by the very things they were convinced would supposedly help them.

  3. I've noticed a proliferation lately of celebrities having problems with being addicted to pain killers. (The latest I heard about was Steve Tyler of Aerosmith.)

    Undoubtedly some of these people really did get into problems after taking medications for real physical problems, but it seems to me that this is the new, socially acceptable form of drug abuse.


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