Monday, September 11, 2017

Mark Antony Rossi writes

After Ambien

I woke up with my voice box
torn out by a giant eagle
And for once I didn’t want to scream
For this vicious beast has done me a favor
Without a family
my life is over
What are words but whispers
of the living
Sent into the world
with the hope of return.

1 comment:

  1. Ambien, one of the brand names for zolpidem, is a sedative primarily used for short-term treatment of insomnia. It usually works within 15 minutes and has a short half-life of two to three hours. Its hypnotic effects are similar to those of the benzodiazepine class of drugs. Zolpidem is molecularly distinct from the benzodiazepine molecule and is classified as an imidazopyridine, though Flumazenil, a benzodiazepine receptor antagonist, which is used for benzodiazepine overdose, can also reverse zolpidem's sedative/hypnotic and memory-impairing effects. It has some muscle relaxant and anticonvulsant properties but has not been approved for use in muscle relaxation or seizure prevention because the dosage needed to cause muscle relaxation is 10 times the sedating dose, while early studies indicated that the dosage needed for preventing seizures is 20 times the sedating dose. The most common side effects for short-term use include headaches, drowsiness, dizziness , and diarrhea; the most common side effects of long-term use include drowsiness, dizziness, diarrhea, dry mouth, allergy , back pain, flu-like symptoms, chest pain, heart palpitations, lethargy, lightheadedness, depression, abnormal dreams, amnesia, sleep disorders, abdominal pain, constipation, sinusitis, sore throat, and rash. Long-term use is associated with drug tolerance, substance dependence, rebound insomnia, and Central Nervous System-related adverse effects. Some users have reported unexplained sleepwalking, sleep driving, night eating syndrome while asleep, and performing other daily tasks while sleeping, as well as sexual parasomnia (sleep sex) episodes. Its use should be avoided by people with a history of alcoholism, drug misuse, physical dependency, or psychological dependency on sedative-hypnotic drugs; the elderly are more sensitive to the effects, and zolpidem causes an increased risk of falls and may induce adverse cognitive effects. An overdose may cause excessive sedation, pin-point pupils, or depressed respiratory function, which may progress to coma and possibly death. Abrupt withdrawal may cause delirium, seizures, or other severe effects, especially if used for prolonged periods and at high dosages. Zolpidem has become one of many date rape drugs; it dissolves readily in liquids such as wine and can typically be detected in bodily fluids for only 36 hours. Unlike Rohypnol ("roofies"), which was banned in 1996, it is available legally by prescription, and was prescribed 43.8 million times in the US in 2012. It is a Schedule IV substance under the Controlled Substances Act in the US.


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