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More Than Five Drugs Found in Heath's Apartment

1/23/2008 10:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Heath LedgerTMZ has learned what types of pills were discovered in the apartment where Heath Ledger was found dead.

NYPD sources tell TMZ that nearly full pill bottles containing the anti-anxiety medications Alprazolam (Xanax), Diazepam (Valium) and Lorazepam (Ativan) were found in the apartment. The sleeping medication Zopiclone (Lunesta) and the sedative Temazepam (Restoril) -- which is used by people with "debilitating insomnia" -- were also found.

All of the drugs were prescribed to Ledger.


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It's bizarre that people are now getting defensive over the theory he took too many prescription drugs, what would you have preferred him to die of?

2429 days ago


lorazepam, Finally a voice of reason, and very sound reasoning. *shudders about the death rattle*

2429 days ago

April Fouels    

may have been allergic to one, or more of these, also.

2429 days ago


Enough speculating. In due time we will have the real answer! In the meantime, God rest his soul. He was WAY too young to die! They did say his last movie's character was upsetting for him to portray and that he was "depressed" after filming ended. With that in mind I'm sure he was not thinking clearly.

2429 days ago


looloo, I think some are just saying, no one knows yet what the cause of death was, so no one should jump to conclusions let alone judge him. What I hate are shills like Dr Drew talking about "narcissistic personality disorder" as if he ever met him let alone treated him. By all accounts Heath was a very kind soul (I met him briefly myself and he seemed 'salt of the earth' - and I have met LOTS of narcissistic celebs - he seemed the opposite). To mention his drug use of the PAST as if it might be a cause is only hurting his loved ones even more. Journalists should be more responsible, but Dr Drew lately with his judgments of Britney and Heath Ledger? As a doctor he should know better.

IF the poor man's insomnia was this severe someone should have done more tests and looked into WHY. If he was 'floxed', i.e. had a severe adverse reaction to quinolone antibiotics - the level of anxiety and sleeplessness those can create is off the charts. People (who have that reaction) typically resort to benzos and various Rx pills to try to combat it and they don't make a dent. Look into the Yahoo group 'quinolones'.

2429 days ago


We are in a world where prescription drugs are readily prescribed and overused, just like antibiotics. The body is organic and when we put chemicals into the body, it will react in different ways. Some people have the stamina to be able to take in these toxins that are prescibed by trustworthy sources (doctors), for anxiety take Bachs flower remedies. Don't in frustration take valium, anti stress medications and then mix with alcohol and respitatory medications. Combination of durgs is lethal. Of course when you are young you may want to experiment and be naughty, but it does take a toll on the body. If you want to drink, drink, but please don't mix with every other conconction out there and most certainly don't if you are up all night on coke take multi anti anxiety medications and sleeping remedies especially when that is what originally may have caused anxiety and sleep deprivation to begin with. We are not infallible. There are consequences and some people are just not lucky enough to deal with that onslaught to the body.
At this point, it is all speculation.
My heart goes out to his family, but maybe his death can teach others who are experimenting with every medication under the sun that is offered to them, that there are alternatives. Drugs, whether they are prescribed or illegal, make you sick and they can make you die if abused and misused. They cause accidents.
My heart goes out to his family, his mother and father lost a son, his sister lost her brother. His daughter lost her father and his ex, lost someone she loved and thought would be around to torment her forever, as exes are meant to do. It is all so very sad. What a waste.

2429 days ago


Prescription drugs kill almost 100,000 per year in America, so anyone who says they are harmless or safe is delusional and uneducated. We don't know yet what killed this poor man, but script drugs would not be a surprise if he even took just any one of them. You just never know how your body will react to those toxic substances.

2429 days ago

cry baby    

sorry, but those are all coming down medications. too many sedatives for one person. too many for a horse.

2429 days ago


I am reading what people who say they took these pills are saying about them, at Ask A Patient dot com. It is pretty scary. Quoting one person, "going off this pill can kill you".

2429 days ago


Medscape Alerts
FDA Strengthens Warnings on Sleep Drugs

Yael Waknine
Information from Industry
RozeremTM (ramelteon) 8-mg tablets

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Prescribing Information

March 15, 2007 — Manufacturers of 13 sedative-hypnotic drugs have been asked to strengthen safety label warnings regarding adverse events associated with their use, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday. The drugs are used in the treatment of insomnia.

The request, issued in December 2006, addresses the risk for engaging in activities while somnolent with no memory of having taken a pill, according to an alert sent Wednesday from MedWatch, the FDA's safety information and adverse event reporting program. Requested label changes also emphasize the risks for anaphylaxis and angioedema, which can occur the first time the drug is taken.

The FDA notes that sleep behaviors while taking these drugs can be complex and may include sleep-driving, making phone calls, and preparing/eating meals. Because of potential variations in risk levels, makers have also been advised to conduct clinical investigations to assess event incidence rates for each individual product.

Along with these label changes, the FDA also asked manufacturers to develop patient medication guides for distribution with each prescription. These easy-to-read pamphlets are intended to inform patients of the risks associated with therapy and that appropriate precautions that should be taken, such as avoiding alcohol and contacting their physician before discontinuing therapy.

Affected products include zolpidem tartrate tablets and extended-release tablets (Ambien and Ambien CR, Sanofi-Aventis); butisol sodium (Medpointe Pharm HLC); pentobarbital/carbromal (Carbitral, Parke-Davis); flurazepam HCl capsules (Dalmane, Valeant Pharm); quazepam tablets (Doral, Questcor Pharms); and triazolam tablets (Halcion, Pfizer).

Also included are eszopiclone tablets (Lunesta, Sepracor); ethchlorvynol capsules (Placidyl, Abbott); estazolam (Prosom, Abbott); temazepam capsules (Restoril, Tyco Healthcare); ramelteon tablets (Rozerem, Takeda); seconal sodium capsules (Ranbaxy); and zaleplon capsules (Sonata, King Pharmaceuticals).

Adverse events potentially related to use of these sedative-hypnotic products should be reported to the manufacturer and to the FDA's MedWatch reporting program by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088, by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, online at, or by mail to 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787.

2429 days ago


He died of a mixure from his pnemonia medicine that was prescibed in europe and the current medication he was on. The xanax, lunesta and valium. His heart and liver could not take it and he was snoring because he was having a seizure.

2429 days ago


Since Michelle Williams was in Dawson's Creek with Katie Holmes, who is now the wife of Tom Cruise, she probably sees what Tom was talking about in regards to all these "anxiety, depression" medications. To see how many he had in his possession truly apalled me. How can a human being be prescribed so much medication and stay normal? Tom Cruise to alot of people may sound ridiculous because of his faith, but he does have a point. Why do individuals consume so much medication for probably a temporary thing such as sleep deprivation. Heath could have just simply needed a good amount of time to relax and rest. To avoid unecessary disturbance. But since he is gone now, all we can do is ask the questions and wonder what could have been done differently to save him.

As for Michelle, I'm sure she is having a really hard time dealing with especially with the media blaming her for the breakup. She is probably thinking if she had worked things out and did not kick him out of the apartment, she could be reassured of his health not deteriorating. But who would question his health if he was only 28 years old? only people who knew him and the problems he had with sobriety, but they said he was sober for at least a year. I don't understand when celebrities reach Hollywood, they lose everything fundamental like family. You should always have people around you to keep you grounded. Why party with people like Lindsay Lohan who don't care about your well being. I rather look like a loser partying with only 5 people I have known my whole life then to feel empty inside partying with a 100 people who wouldn't care if I died the next day.

Everyone should stop bashing Tom Cruise who seems to make sense about the whole medication issue. Some of these things should be banned because they are too addictive and they interfere with good judgment. For example, Brooke Shields immediately after the birth of her first child suffered from the typical post partum-depression and she was prescribed medication. Tom Cruise was right because if someone like Britney Spears who is walking around practically a loony is not issued such things like Valium or Xanax then someone who feels bad after giving birth doesn't really need it.

2429 days ago


it is such a great loss to loose such a young actor in such a senseless accidental way. Heath Andrew Ledger you will be dearly missed and you will always be loved. Thanks for the wonder gift of your life, your movies, your love and your beautiful smile. RIP forever to be remembered

2429 days ago

cry baby    

come on! we did'nt need you to go that far. "death rattle"????? that's just plain wrong.

2429 days ago


I take some of those pills he was prescribe. I am told I snore very loud! I have a check up with my doctor and blood work.
I educate myself on the drugs. People please read the drug warnings that are on the labels of all precriptions medications.
Every medicine has a side effect. But, used as prescribed comes to mind. He sound like he was tired. He had a scheduled
maasage that day. And a visitor coming. This looks like an accident. He loved his daughter too much!

Prayers fo rthe family.

2429 days ago
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