Famous Faces of Polypharmacy…


Heath Ledger

     Most everyone is well aware of Heath Ledger’s untimely death.  After what seemed like a lot of debate and investigation, his death was declared accidental due to polypharmacy.  Heath’s toxicololgy report concluded that he died as the result of “acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam (Valium), temazepam (Restoril), alprazolam (Xanax) and doxylamine (an antihistamine used to treat insomnia and is found in NyQuil).”

Here is an interesting article from USA Today about Mr. Ledger and polypharmacy.  http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-02-11-ledger-polypharmacy_N.htm?csp=1

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heath_Ledger




Elvis Presley

     Elvis was all to familiar with the world of polypharmacy.  There are many different speculations about the death of Elvis.  Some say he died of a heart attack, some say he didn’t really die at all!  Many people tend to believe he died due to polypharmacy.  It was found that Elvis’ doctor had prescribed more than 10,000 doses of sedatives, amphetamines, and narcotics in the first eight months of 1977 alone, all in Elvis’ name (that is 41 doses a day!)

 Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis_Presley#Final_year_and_death



Adolf Hitler

     I don’t know to many fans of Hitler, but he, too, was known to take many, many different medications. He has been rumored to have had syphilis, schizophrenia, GI issues, insomnia, Parkinson’s, and an expert in austism spectrum disorders reported that Hitler met all the criteria of Asperger Syndrome.  Regardless of what Hitler may or may not have had, it has been well documented that he was taking multiple medications simultaneously.  Wikipedia states that by April 1945, Hitler was taking 28 different pills a day along with numerous injections (including many of glucose) every few hours and intravenous injections of methamphetamine at least one almost every day.  That seems like it could really effect one’s decision making skills and rational thought… too bad he was trying to take over the world!

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodor_Morell and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Hitler%27s_medical_health


14 Responses to “Famous Faces of Polypharmacy…”

  1. Did Elvis really die or is he still practicing polypharmacy? He was spotted at Target in Memphis recently, picking up prescriptions.

  2. I guess if you have enough money you can get just about any drug you want from any doctor willing to bend the rules. As you can see, it can be deadly. How many celebrities have made the news lately for entering into drug rehab? Every time you turn around, another one is addicted to pain medication along with illegal drugs. From Jerry Lewis to Drew Barrymore to Robert Downey, Jr. and many more in between…they’re lucky they got help before drugs killed them.

  3. pharmfour Says:

    Money definately helps, but one of the reasons educating yourself on polypharmacy is so important is because you don’t have to have money to get different drugs. Anyone can get prescriptions for any of those medications or just buy some of them over the counter. I’m sure because famous people are put on a pedestal, their doctors don’t tend to ask a lot of questions, but you’d be surprised at how many doctors for “us normal people” don’t ask questions, either!

  4. I saw that Elvis plays at the 50s diner on Park Row and Bowen every Wednesday!! He can’t be dead!

  5. This is Elvis here demandin’ that y’all stop all these lies about me and polypharmacy. Thank-you-very-much.

  6. AustinPharmer Says:

    I was really surprised to know the information about how many pills Elvis and Adolf took during both of their insidious reigns of terror. Looks like you guys have really done your research.

  7. Wow, how interesting!

  8. I guess you already read wikipedia.

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