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KissMyAsscroft Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 04:06 PM
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Powell is apparently an Ambien junkie...





"So do you use sleeping tablets to organize yourself?" Al-Rashed asked.



"Yes. Well, I wouldn't call them that," Powell said. "They're a wonderful medication -- not medication. How would you call it? They're called Ambien, which is very good. You don't use Ambien? Everybody here uses Ambien."


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Ambien Side Effects

Ambien with the generic name of Zolpidem belongs to a class of medicines that effects the central nervous system, called sedative hypnotics. Ambien is closely related to a family of drugs called benzodiazepines. These drugs cause sedation, muscle relaxation, act as anti-convulsants (anti-seizure), and have anti-anxiety properties. Ambien addiction and abuse affects numerous individuals today. Many become addicted unintentionaly and do not realize it untill they expierence withdrawal symptoms when they discontinue use.

Ambien side effects include but are not limited to:

abdominal pain, abnormal dreams, abnormal vision, agitation, amnesia, anxiety, arthritis
back pain, bronchitis, burning sensation
chest pain, confusion, constipation, coughing
daytime sleeping, decreased mental alertness, depression, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, difficulty concentrating, difficulty swallowing, diminished sensitivity to touch, dizziness on standing, double vision, dry mouth
emotional instability, exaggerated feeling of well-being, eye irritation
falling, fatigue, fever, flu-like symptoms
gas, general discomfort
hallucination, hiccup, high blood pressure, high blood sugar
increased sweating, infection, insomnia, itching
joint pain
lack of bladder control, lack of coordination, lethargy, light-headedness, loss of appetite
menstrual disorder, migraine, muscle pain
nasal inflammation, nervousness, numbness
paleness, prickling or tingling sensation
rapid heartbeat, rash, ringing in the ears
sinus inflammation, sleep disorder, speech difficulties, swelling due to fluid retention
taste abnormalities, throat inflammation, throbbing heartbeat, tremor
unconsciousness, upper respiratory infection, urinary tract infection
vertigo, vomiting
weakness
Ambien side effects that are rare include but are not limited to:

abnormal tears or tearing, abscess, acne, aggravation of allergies, aggravation of high blood pressure, aggression, allergic reaction, altered production of saliva, anemia
belching, blisters, blood clot in lung, boils, breast pain, breast problems, breast tumors, bruising
chill with high temperature followed by heat and perspiration
decreased sex drive, delusion, difficulty urinating
excessive urine production, eye pain, facial swelling due to fluid retention
fainting, false perceptions, feeling intoxicated, feeling strange, flushing, frequent urination
glaucoma, gout
heart attack, hemorrhoids, herpes infection, high cholesterol, hives, hot flashes
impotence, inability to urinate, increased appetite, increased tolerance to the drug, intestinal blockage, irregular heartbeat
joint degeneration
kidney failure, kidney pain
laryngitis, leg cramps, loss of reality, low blood pressure
mental deterioration, muscle spasms in arms and legs, muscle weakness
nosebleed, pain, painful urination, panic attacks, paralysis, pneumonia, poor circulation
rectal bleeding, rigidity
sciatica (lower back pain), sensation of seeing flashes of lights or sparks, sensitivity to light, sleepwalking, speech difficulties, swelling of the eye
thinking abnormalities, thirst, tooth decay
uncontrolled leg movements, urge to go to the bathroom
varicose veins
weight loss
yawning
www.drug-sideeffects.com/ambie...

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djg21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 04:26 PM
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1. So what's your point?
Edited on Tue May-25-04 04:27 PM by djg21
There's a distinction between using and abusing drugs. There's nothing wrong with using medications like Ambien under a doctor's supervision. In fact, it's a good med for those suffering from sleeping disorders and insomnia. Are you suggesting that elected or appointed officials should not be able to use such prescription meds?

Do you have any proof for your "junkie" (i.e. addict) insinuation?
If you're going to throw mud, at least make sure it will stick!



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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 04:35 PM
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2. I am suspicious of people who say "everyone uses...."
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 07:45 PM
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6. Without a link, your post is suspect. However, I suspect most of America
is on some kind of drug these days just to deal with what's going on.

They need to institute a "Drug Test" policy for our Administration, though. When ordinary workers have to subject themselves to these tests in the workplace today, it would seem Powell should be subjected to what the ordinary citizens are....Yes? No? :shrug:
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 01:29 PM
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8. I didn't post the original
I am interested in seeing a link too
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HFishbine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 04:36 PM
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3. Link?
You have a source for this exchange?
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doni_georgia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 04:43 PM
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4. It was originally posted on US Dept of State web site
Look at those symptoms of abuse of Ambien - could explain a lot of shit with Bush too. Sweating, speech difficulties, falling . . .might explain a lot.
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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 07:51 PM
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7. Here's a link from the State Dept
http://usinfo.state.gov/topical/pol/terror/texts/031107...


05 November 2003

Powell Says Iraq Problems Come from Old Regime, Outsiders
Says U.S. wants to end presence in Iraq as quickly as possible


Following is the transcript of an interview that Secretary of State Colin Powell gave to the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper November 5:

U.S. Department Of State
Office of the Spokesman
Interview Of Secretary Of State Colin L. Powell
By Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed Of Asharq Al-Awsat
November 5, 2003
Washington, D.C.
4:40 p.m. EST

Secretary Powell: -- from Panama to Nicaragua, from Nicaragua to Honduras, and that's our air base in Honduras, Soto Cono.

So in a helicopter it's Tegucigalpa, then back out to the -- Tegucigalpa to Soto Cono, then Soto Cono to College Station last night, then I had to change all of my software and take out all of the Central American software and put in the Chinese software to give a speech this morning in Texas.

Question: So do you use sleeping tablets to organize yourself?

Secretary Powell: Yes. Well, I wouldn't call them that. They're a wonderful medication -- not medication. How would you call it? They're called ambien, which is very good. You don't use ambien? Everybody here uses ambien.
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 06:58 PM
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5. Side Effects: Abrasions to the Face? n/t
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liberalitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 01:36 PM
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9. Ambien, is good....
If you need it.
I took it for a few months after my dad died.... It really helped.
But I wouldn't suggest long term use.... or as it appears in this administration abuse
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