Sleeping Pill May Reverse Comatose Patients, Study Says (01 Jun, 2006)

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  1. wondering22

    wondering22 New Member

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    Sleeping Pill May Reverse Comatose Patients, Study Says

    by Dawn Rizzoni
    01 Jun, 2006



    ****(CNSNews.com) - Scientific researchers have revealed in the medical journal NeuroRehabilitation that a commonly-used sleeping pill, zolpidem (brand name Ambien), can be used to temporarily awaken patients in a persistent vegetative state (PVS), coma, or other brain-injured state.

    The discovery has attracted the interest of The Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation for Health Care Ethics. The Foundation was named in memory of the brain-damaged Florida woman who died in March 2005 after her husband Michael Schiavo won a long legal battle to cut her off from all nutrition.

    In light of the medical breakthrough, The Schindler-Schiavo Foundation has called for a moratorium of ...

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    Fascinating news-Ambien scares the hell out of me but I'm glad it can help Coma patients.
     
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    I wonder if these patients who had been diagnosed as persistent vegetative but were probably only temporarily unresponsive instead had their brain activity tested and if it showed as hopelessly damaged. It's odd to me that these doctors are saying that they are misdiagnosing but they base so much of that on those tests. This is a great finding and I wish they had told what eventually happened to those who woke up.
     
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    If you think about what it's doing for comatose patients, imagine what it's doing to the average American who can't sleep at night with a normal working brain. I used to take it and stopped for many reasons. But like I said, I'm glad it's working for those patients.
     
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    There's an earlier case where a comatose man woke up in a dentist's chair after being given a shot of Valium:




    http://www.users.interport.net/a/l/allweb50m/issues/eol07.htm
     

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