Sleeping pill wakes up comatose patient

by Medindia Content Team on  May 29, 2006 at 6:12 PM General Health News
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Sleeping pill wakes up comatose patient
A patient lying in a vegetative state for over 3 years woke up after being administered a sleeping pill, given to assuage a spell of restlessness. This pill will hit the research table for thorough clinical testing.

Zolpidem, the name of this sleeping pill, will be clinically tested on 30 patients during the course of this year, to check out its potential to temporarily awaken people out of coma. After the initial success, the pill has been administered to two other PVS patients, who have also portrayed positive responses.


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Hi! I have a friend who just recently had a high blood stroke [that was Oct 17]. The attending physician said his BP was 300 when he was rushed ct to the hospital. He is still breathing when his roommates found him in his room but he is already unconscious and he urinated on his bed and had a vomit when he was found in his room. Doctor needs to give operation coz there are many blood clots in his brain and they gave him 24hours to wake up and if he will not wake up, he might stay in the hospital for long bec he is in deep comatose stage. I have read about this Zolpidem phenomena and I'm just curious if this is really proven and will be effective to use for my friend also or is it only applicable to some situations? Pls answer my question whoever knows about this Zolpidem pill. Thanks a lot and more power to your website!

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