(01-14-2015 12:20 AM)Jim Bronson Wrote: ...Regarding Zolpidem "horror stories", Keep in mind that anyone can write anything on message boards with no possible way to verify their experiences. I'd like to believe most posters have good intentions and try to be accurate in their posts, but there are also those who have nothing better to do than try to scare people. As with other prescription meds, always take it under the supervision of a doctor, and read the patient information sheet carefully.
Well, Jim, I am afraid I am going to have to take personal offense at this.
Anyone who swallows whole any theory or "story" on the internet probably gets what they deserve, which is why I suggested that people go check for themselves to verify what I was saying,
something you apparently missed. There ARE ways to verify this, and it doesn't take much more than the computer you are sitting in front of right now. It does also take just a bit of motivation.
I never asked anyone to believe blindly a post they might come across on a forum. I also would not expect folks to swallow whole a horror story or two that they might unearth, but in this case there is just too much smoke for the odds to be that there is no fire.
This is also supported by well-accredited psychologists who expressed this to me directly, face to face.
You can guess at motivations, but I will also tell you that mine are never to scare people, and to be as accurate as I can be. Your cynicism is a healthy quality, just obscenely misplaced in this particular instance.
As for the motivations of the drug companies, it seems obvious that they don't want to cause a health issue (but mostly only because it would blow back on them), but also obvious is that the primary motivation is profit, pleasing the board, and keeping their cushy jobs by pleasing the board by making those profits. No one does not understand that.
And if you want an example of corporate behavior, just review the recent failed ignition switch case, in which a 29-cent part could have saved a life, time and time again, yet the whole issue was stonewalled and swept under the rug for an obscenely-long time. Then place your faith in the drug company or its info sheet.
I am not sure what more would satisfy you. Would you rather not know about the possibilities? Would you rather that terrorists silence free speech like they did in Paris last week? Just who are you serving here, other than your own ego? Its an honest, innocent question.
Many or most who take this drug will be just fine, but then there are only 10 or 12 cases out of ~6 million prescriptions a year for Prozac in the 90's where someone committed suicide and it was assumed that Prozac was instrumental. Only 10 or 12. Only 10 or 12 who are no longer walking around and contributing on websites anymore. It's a tiny statistic, but probably large to someone who lost a parent, or a spouse, or a child.
The odds are very low, but it is still a version of Russian Roulette any time you tinker with your personal chemistry, and the stories related to Ambien are quite horrific. If you do not lose a budding career because your employer learns of you being arrested for peeing naked in a busy intersection at 2 AM, the odds are still greater that this will not happen,
if you did not take Ambien and wash it down with half a glass of wine the night before. That is not just my opinion, that is a confirmed fact.
People can make their own choices. I just feel that they are better off if they make informed choices. I hope you can understand why this is upsetting to me. Not only is it personal, but it seems to undermine the potential for people to learn from the recorded history of problems with this particular drug.
I also don't think we need Captain Obvious to point out that a forum post is not guaranteed to be gospel truth, or that users should read the info sheet and be careful of side-effects. How would any of us ever have known any of that without the help of your keen observation skills, anyway?