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Whitney Houston

Taking Xanax

2/12/2012 7:04 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The body of Whitney Houston being removed from the Beverly Hills Hilton in an ambulance.
Whitney Houston was taking Xanax ... evidence she may have fallen asleep in the bathtub where she died ... TMZ has learned.

Family members of Whitney tell us the singer had a prescription for the drug, which is commonly used to treat anxiety and depression. 

We told you yesterday ... the night before Whitney died, she had been drinking a lot. Xanax mixed with alcohol can cause severe sedation, which could cause someone to fall asleep in a bathtub.

As TMZ first reported, Whitney was found in the bathtub and removed before EMTs arrived.  The L.A. County Coroner will perform an autopsy -- possibly today -- to determine if Whitney died from drowning, and OD or other causes.

As we previously reported, Beverly Hills cops obtained a search warrant and found various prescription bottles -- but, as far as we know, no illicit drugs.

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61.

melva    

Wow, Sad to lose such a great singer and star:(

952 days ago
62.

LILY    

whitney,,,, simpre te recordaremos, fuistes una gran estrella y viviras por siempre la mente y en el corazon de tus fans,,

952 days ago
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mc green    

Just like Jim Morrison such a shame I bet she od'd

952 days ago
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a    

you should know that alprazolam (Xanax) may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you.

talk to your doctor about the safe use of alcohol while you are taking this medication. Alcohol can make the side effects of alprazolam worse.

952 days ago
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Trish Kerwin    

Regardless of the cir***stances of how she passed, we should not judge. None of us is perfect. She was a beautiful soul with a God given talent. Remember her for her accomplishments not her faults. May she have eternal peace... prayers to her family.

952 days ago
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dawn    

She was nothing more than a ****** crack head whore

952 days ago
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clovis leite    

muito triste hoje adorava ela sinto muito sua perda

952 days ago
68.

kakyjasper    

Such a great singer. What a tragedy! What a waste!

952 days ago
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drica    

it depends of the dose of xanax. you sleep in 30 seconds! you don't need alcohol to heavy sedation. Xanan makes you sleep fast and it is for anxiety and not for depression! Please,tmz do some research before writing!

952 days ago
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JustMe    

That's so sad, i have anxiety but have never taken Xanax, but i know you should never combine sedating medication with alcohol as it can depress your breathing for one thing and also kill you if you take too much of either one. Don't mix prescriptions with alcohol people if there are contraindations of combining them, check with your doctor how much of any you can have. RIP Whitney, hope she at least was happy just before she passed.

952 days ago
71.

Marty    

Is anyone really surprised? Just another dead junkie!

952 days ago
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Kean-Ann    

R.I.P Whitney but I saw it coming dying is a part of living. Innocent people are dying right now as we show sorrow for Whitney.

952 days ago
73.

Jeff    

I take Xanax, as prescribed by my neurologist in small doses for fibromyalgia. In addition to anti-anxiety it can also be used for certain GERD (reflux) symptoms. It is an amazing drug but ANYONE who knows anything about it knows that mixing it with alcohol is THE cardinal sin. At Whitney's size, all she had to was take 2mg and maybe 3-4 alcoholic drinks and they could've had a fire engine siren going off and she wouldn't have heard it. For a licensed doctor to prescribe this medicine to someone with her addictive history borders on criminal negligence.

952 days ago
74.

Dee Burge    

If this is true, it is not the first time someone has gone out drinking and takeing Xanax. Sad, but true. When will people learn?

952 days ago
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dierdre    

The sad thing here is, if she was taking the drug xanax, and mixing it with booze, then that was a very stupid thing to do.....as much and as beloved as a superstar she was, the drugs, if true, took her life....what a waste, of such a beautiful, talented woman, who was gone to fast, just like Michael Jackson, Amy Winehous, and God knows how many more stars in the future....Sad, very very sad....may she R.I.P....my prayers are with her young daughter, mother, and family....may God Bless them all and keep them strong during this most difficult and trying time......

952 days ago
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