39Like a bad dream39 The dark side of sleeping pills Stilnox and Ambien

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39Like a bad dream39 The dark side of sleeping pills Stilnox and Ambien

“Haiti maybe. I mean cmomn! (sic) This is killing me people.”

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Grant Hackett during his bizarre ho appearance. Source: Supplied.

He said at the time: “I warn people about Ambien. I almost drove off a cliff once. I don’t take sleeping pills but somebody said, ‘Take this, it’s mild’. I got a call in the middle of the night, kind of an emergency, and I almost drove off a cliff 50 yards from my house, and I live up in the mountains in Aspen (Colorado). So I warn people about it.”

Woods or Uchi have not confirmed this story, but we wouldn’t be surprised.

It was reported in 2009, Tiger Woods may have used Ambien in the bedroom with his mistress, Rachel Uchi. RadarOnline reported Uchi told friends: “You know you have crazier sex on Ambien — you get into that Ambien haze. We have crazy Ambien sex.”

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Jack Nicholson warns people off Ambien. Source: Supplied.

According to his coach, Hackett has now flown to the US for Stilnox rehab, but the former swimmer told reporters he was there for a relaxing break.

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Father says Grant Hackett in denial 2:28 Play video Grant Hackett's father Neville speaks to Nine News about treatment the family have organised for the swimming star's possible addiction to Stilnox. Courtesy Nine News.

Users of zolpidem reported feeling seriously impaired and sometimes had hallucinogenic side effects within 30 minutes of taking the drug. The shocking warnings. Source: Supplied SLEEP EATING.

Actress Kristen Chenoweth has been called an unofficial spokeswoman for Ambien after tweeting while under the influence of the drug. She didn’t know she had tweeted about adopting a Haitian baby until she was asked about it the next day on the red carpet. Her tweets read:

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OLYMPIAN Grant Hackett’s early morning antics at a Melbourne ho are typical of people who have taken the notorious Stilnox sleeping pills.

Just after 8pm she got out of bed, rummaged through her home and ran a bath. Instead of getting in the bath, she left the water running and jumped in her Mini Cooper with her dog, Tyson.

Julie Ann Bronson, 45, consumed six glasses of wine, popped an Ambien and went to bed for an early night at 7pm. The air hostess awoke on the cold cement floor of a jail cell. Panicking she asked her cell mate: “Why am I here? What did I do? What’s going on?”

Hackett was photographed at the Crown Casino ho on Saturday night while looking for his lost son, wearing a singlet for pants and apparently incoherent.

“It was surreal. It was like a bad dream,” Bronson said.

She said she regretted her tweets and decided, in future, to focus on food during her drug-induced Twitter episodes.

On April 23, 2009, Bronson got into her convertible Mercedes and drove over three people — including two children, causing brain damage to an 18-month-old. She didn’t stop or offer aid.

Dr Mark Mahowald at the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Centre who has studied Ambien-related cases said: “We’ve had people eat buttered cigarettes. We’ve had people make salt sandwiches,” he said. “It’s a release of two innate behaviours, namely sleep and eating and they’re both released at the same time by the sleeping medication.” Throwing up from the amount of food eaten during sleep is a reported issue. Source: ThinkStock SLEEP DRIVING.

Janet Makinen, 55, started taking Ambien in 1998. Her first episode of sleep eating happened just weeks later. She would half wake and walk into the kitchen to consume large amounts of cooked and uncooked foods. She ate raw eggs, uncooked rice and entire loaves of bread. Makinen gained a substantial amount of weight during the six years she medicated with Ambien and filed a suit against Sanofi-Aventis.


Lindsey Schweigert also woke up in jail. She went to bed for the night after having a dinner of pork chops and salad, what happened next was bizarre. The night Schweigert pieced together from police reports and witness statements varied drastically from the quiet night in she thought she’d had.

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The drug was discovered in Heath Ledger’s apartment after his death from an accidental overdose, it has been used as a party drug by NRL football players and in a disturbing bonding session between Olympic swimmers. Actor Heath Ledger as The Joker in a scene from the 2008 film 'The Dark Knight'. Source: Supplied.

He has previously admitted having a serious problem with the drug towards the end of his swimming career, calling it “evil”

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The prescription drug zolpidem, sold as Stilnox in Australia or Ambien in the US, is a sedative-hypnotic drug for people suffering from insomnia but has been constantly linked to bizarre behaviour and deaths.

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Tweeting after popping pills is not a good idea. Source: Twitter.

Although the drug helps users fall asleep, it does not keep them asleep — which can cause users to engage in strange activities while in a semi-awake state.

Prince Adams, 29, also claimed the Ambien defence after he brutally murdered his girlfriend. She was stabbed 27 times after he claims he took the drug and dreamt she was cheating on him. Robert Stewart used the “Ambien defence”. Source: AP S LEEP TWEETING.

But consuming the food is worse. Source: Twitter SLEEP GAMBLING.

“Alcohol can increase the risk of sleep walking and other related behaviours. These side effects can also occur without the presence of alcohol.”

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Women are the largest consumers of sleeping pills in the US. Source: Getty Images.

Robert Stewart, 45, killed eight people when he opened fire in a North Carolina nursing home in 2009. Using what is now known as the “Ambien defence”, he had his charges reduced from first-degree murder after his lawyers argued he was unable to control his actions.

“My husband would sometimes find me laying in bed with my mouth stuffed with food, and he’d have to shovel it out,” Makinen said.

And his mistress Rachel Uchi. Source: Supplied.

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Stilnox tablets cause bizarre behaviour. Source: News Limited.

The manufacturer of the drug, Sanofi-Aventis, was taken to court in 2007 by “Ambien Zombies”, who complained of sleep-eating and sleep-driving under the drugs’ influence. The company was ordered to revise its warnings to alert users of the potential dangers of the drug. A prescription of bottle of Ambien. Source: Getty Images.

“These have also included preparing and eating food, making phone calls or having sexual intercourse. People experiencing these effects have had no memory of the events.

She headed to the restaurant Steak ‘n Shake but didn’t make it. She was pulled over by cops and when asked to walk in a line, fell over three times. She was charged with driving under the influence, although she hadn’t consumed a drop of alcohol.

“I can barely take looking at these little ones in Haiti. I am sitting here bawlin like a baby.”

She claims it was due to being under the influence Ambien and that she doesn’t recall anything between 7pm and waking up in the cell.

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The medication guide for the drug outlines the “less common adverse” side effects as: “Unexpected changes in behaviour. These have included rage reactions, confusion and other forms of unwanted behaviour. Sleep walking, driving motor vehicles and other unusual, and on some occasions dangerous, behaviours while apparently asleep.

There are stories that have gone around about the amazing sexual intercourse that can happen 10 minutes after taking the sleeping pill. Most of these yarns are unverified, perhaps because the sexual demon can’t recall their escapades. It should be noted that sexual intercourse is a side effect listed in the medication guidelines for both Stilnox and Ambien.

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