Brittany Murphy’s Prescription Drugs — What Celeb Tragedies They've Been Linked to Before

Wed, December 23, 2009 2:30pm EDT by 1 Comment
Brittany Murphy’s Prescription Drugs — What Celeb Tragedies They've Been Linked to Before

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Drugs reportedly found in Brittany Murphy’s home linked to other famous untimely deaths, like Anna Nicole Smith and Heath Ledger.

Paramedics found ten different prescription drugs at the scene of Brittany Murphy’s collapse the morning of Dec. 20, and several–most notably anti-anxiety medications Topomax, Klonopin, Ativan, and Hydrocodone–have been associated with other tragic celebrity deaths, like Anna Nicole Smith, Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger, and DJ AM.

Other meds found at the scene could have been contraindicated with her health problems—her mother claimed she had diabetes and Propranolol can sometimes mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia.

In addition, several of the medications have been scientifically linked to coronary death.

Read our guide to Brittany‘s potentially deadly drug cocktail.

  • Drug found on Brittany’s bedside table

  • What it does

  • Celebs found with it when they died

  • Possible risk factors for Brittany

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  • Topamax
    Topamax
  • Anti-seizure, prevents migraines

  • Anna Nicole Smith
  • n/a

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  • Topamax
    Methylprednisolone
  • Anti-inflammatory

  • n/a
  • Can lead to cardiac arrest, cardiac arrhythmias, and congestive heart failure

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  • Topamax
    Fluoxetine
  • Better known by brand name, Prozac

  • n/a
  • Increased risk of death among patients with coronary artery disease

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  • Topamax
    Klonopin
  • Anti-anxiety medication

  • DJ AM
  • n/a

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  • Topamax
    Carbamazepine
  • Treats diabetic symptoms, also bipolar disorder and epilepsy

  • n/a
  • Greatly decreases alcohol tolerance

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  • Topamax
    Ativan
  • Anti-anxiety medication

  • Michael Jackson
  • n/a

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  • Topamax
    Vicoprofen
  • Pain relief: mixture of Vicodin and ibuprofin

  • Elvis Presley
  • n/a

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  • Topamax
    Propranolol
  • For hypertension, prevents heart attacks

  • n/a
  • Can be contraindicated for people with diabetes, which Brittany’s mom claimed she had—signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia may be masked

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  • Topamax
    Biaxin
  • Antibiotic
  • n/a
  • Related to erethromyacin, which in some studies has been shown to increase risk of cardiac death

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  • Topamax
    Hydrocodone
  • Better known by name brand, Vicodin

  • Heath Ledger
  • n/a

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Read More about Brittany:

  1. Did Brittany Murphy’s Husband Simon Monjack Turn Her Into A Hollywood Outcast
  2. Brittany Murphy’s Autopsy is Complete: No Signs of Foul Play!
  3. Exclusive! Brittany Murphy’s BFF Eric Balfour is One Person Who Supported Her Marriage to Simon Monjack

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BumbleBee

Posted at 2:46 PM on December 23, 2009  

There should be some laws in Hollywood. Law #1 Don’t take anything you can’t pronounce.

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