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Whitney Houston

Few Pills Recovered

at Death Scene

2/13/2012 7:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Multiple medicine bottles were found in the Beverly Hills hotel room where Whitney Houston diedLaw enforcement sources tell TMZ ... multiple medicine bottles were found in the Beverly Hills hotel room where Whitney Houston died ... but we're told there were NOT a lot of pills at the scene.

Among the pills ... ibuprofen (painkiller), Xanax (anti-depressant), Midol (for menstrual cramps), amoxicillin (for treating bacterial infections) ... and more.

We're told the amoxicillin was prescribed recently because Whitney had been suffering from a sore throat.

We're told some of the pills were old ... some issued in 2011 ... but some of the bottles were from 2012. We're told the bottles that were recovered at the scene did not contain a lot of pills.

Sources tell us ... some of the prescriptions were filled at the infamous Mickey Fine pharmacy in Beverly Hills ... where Michael Jackson had numerous prescriptions filled for Demerol and other drugs.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... it's possible Whitney suffered a heart attack caused by an adverse reaction to her medication, but it is simply too early to make an official call on the cause of death.

We're told the L.A. Coroner's Office has removed the hold on Whitney's body ... which means her family can now have Whitney transported back to Atlanta, where the singer will be laid to rest.



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First off, Xanax isn't an anti-depressant. It is a benzodiazapine. Yes, it can be abused but SERIOUS drug users aren't on Xanax only. Also, Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. For people that don't know what ibuprofen is, it is NOT a narcotic painkiller. It is ADVIL, which decreases inflammation in the body, lessening pain caused by inflammation. When you describe it as a "painkiller" you are putting out a stereotype for Whitney. The drugs listed above are NOTHING and wouldn't concern me a bit. I've got far more serious drugs in my cabinet at home.

942 days ago


This is bull****. SOMEBODY knows the truth about what really happened. It's between them and God!! >:{

942 days ago


no one will never know the true story... cause its always gonna be either private or there just making it up ^__^
Just making a point

942 days ago


Here is some info that may interest readers. Whitney was found passed away with several medications found on the scene including Xanax or Alprazolam, which is termed an "anxiolytic" or a medication used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. The following info comes from a "Nursing Drug Handbook." Xanax when prescribed to treat anxiety in adults is prescribed as "Usual first dose, 0.25 to 0.5 mg by mouth three times a day. Maximum , 4 mg daily in divided doses." When the med is prescribed to treat "panic disorder," the maximum daily dose is "10 mg in divided doses." These doses are for healthy adults. Xanax also comes in an extended release form. The "half life" of a drug defined as "the time required for the amount of drug in the body to decrease by 50%" for Xanax immediate release is "12-15 hours" and for extended-release is "11-16 hours." An adverse drug reaction (ADR) is defined as "any noxious, unintended, and undesired effect that occurs at normal drug doses." Some of the "common" adverse reactions listed for Xanax are as follows: central nervous system (CNS): "insomnia, irritability, dizziness, headache, anxiety, confusion, drowsiness, light-headedness, sedation, somnolence, difficulty speaking, impaired coordination, memory impairment, fatigue, depression, suicide." Uncommon adverse reactions include "lethargy, vertigo, syncope, agitation, nightmare, mania, etc." Adverse reactions of Xanax to the "cardiovascular" system: "hot flushes, palpitation, chest pain, hypotension." Uncommon gastrointestinal (GI) adverse reactions include: "nausea and vomiting." Also "Alcohol use may cause additive CNS effects. Discourage use together." In other words alcohol intensifies the effect of Xanax. Was Whitney drinking alcohol the night of her death? One possibilty of her death is that she fell asleep in the tub, vomited and aspirated (the fluid entered her lungs) which commonly happens when someone vomits with their head back rather than turned to the side. That is how Jimi Hendrix passed away. Whitney was reportedly also taking Amoxicillin for a throat infection. A common adverse reaction of Amoxicillin is "nausea." We may never know the exact cause of Whitney Houston's death. The important thing is not to speculate and judge, but rather remember and love her for the talented and beautiful woman she was.

941 days ago


I must clarify something in my previous post. One of the adverse reactions of Xanax is suicide, which is categorized in the Nursing Drug Handbook as "life-threatening," but NOT as a common adverse drug reaction.

941 days ago


I have sympathy for Ms.Houston for her beauiful voice and unique personalality outshined the barriers she had. So to everyone out there don't throw stones, check your own background out and similair family members you may have!!

941 days ago


Look, these types of drugs Zanex etc are used to come down from the high of Cocaine...Let us get real here...That is what she was doing when she possibly took too much of one drug along with alcohol and it stopped her heart and circulatory is a known fact that Zanex especially is used to come down off a high..The fact remains is that Whitney Houston was a drug addict, yes trying to recover, but always stumbling and returning to the drugs...I believe it was an accident. R.I.P. Whitney...

941 days ago

kevin kelly    

why did you use a teaser headline alluding to whitney's cause of death, only to wrap up the article admitting that "it's too early to make an official call..." And do we REALLY need to see the bathtub where her body was found? You people just don't have any respect for the deceased or her family members.

941 days ago

cat s     

gessh cant this beautiful woman .. REST IN PEACE ... WITHOUT YOU ALL ASSUME THE WORSE ..... we will know soon what the cause was .. stop the rumors ..... and leave her family alone ...

940 days ago


Ibuprofen is a pain killer, but mostly it's a "non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug" or NSAID. It's available over the counter in 200 mg strength under the names Advil and Motrin, among many others. It is available by prescription in 800 mg strength. It's a very mild pain reliever, and it would be difficult to tke enough for there to be any short-term negative effects. Long-term, too much can cause liver and heart problems. Xanax is a brand name for alprazolam, which in not used as an antidepressant; it is a benzodiazepine and is usually prescribed a fast-acting anti-anxiety drug. It is also often prescribed for sleep. It's by prescription only, and is probably the most commonly used drug in it's class. It can cause symptoms in overdose, including breathing difficulty and unconsciousness. Midol is a brand which is slapped on a number of different formulas and marketed as being for menstrual difficulties. One formula contains ibuprofen and nothing else. Another is APAP (the active ingredient in Tylenol) and pamabrom, which is a diuretic. Saying she had Midol really tells us nothing about what she actually had. Why amoxicillin would be prescribed for a sore throat is a huge question, because it would not help a sore throat. But nothing in that list is really evidence of any drug abuse, and seems like a pretty normal traveling woman. One thing is for sure, while heart problems can result from habitual misuse of ibuprofen and APAP, a heart attack would not even be a POSSIBLE "adverse reaction" to what was named in this article. It appears to be an effort to dish dirt.

940 days ago


Please let Whitney R.I.P. no matter what she died of. She's in God's hand now. Love your Music and voice.

940 days ago
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