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UPDATE: Simon Monjack Denies Report That Brittany Murphy Took 109 Vicodin Pills Before She Died

Sun, February 28, 2010 10:55am EDT by Chloe Melas 20 Comments


Brittany’s fiancé says the pills were prescribed to her mother.

UPDATE #2: Brittany’s fiancé Simon Monjack tells he is furious over the report that claims Brittany overdosed on Vicodin, which was allegedly prescribed to her by an unknown physician. He says the pills in question were prescribed to Brittany’s mother, Sharon Murphy, who is a cancer survivor. Simon says the “outrageous” claim is having a negative impact on Sharon’s health and that she is considering taking legal action against the initial publisher of the report.

UPDATE: According to a new report, Brittany Murphy was given a prescription for 120 Vicodin pills 11 days before she died. On the day her body was found in her LA home, there were only 11 pills left in the bottle, TMZ is reporting. The coroner’s report on Brittany’s death says she should only have taken four per day (maximum), which means there should have only been 44 pills missing at the time of her death. The L.A. Coroner’s Office is investigating, trying to figure out who prescribed Brittany the pills. The bottle is marked “Cohen,” but that has not led to any substantial findings as of yet.

Even though the LA Coroner’s Office ruled actress Brittany Murphy‘s death an accident, the toxicologist who spoke EXCLUSIVELY with tells us the amount of prescription drugs in Brittany’s system was “shocking.”  When the coroner’s office released their full autopsy report on Feb. 25, it revealed  SIX different types of drugs were found in Brittany’s stomach, along with methamphetamine’s in her urine, blood and heart.

The six drugs found in Brittany’s stomach were: Propranolol, Hydrocodone, Phenazopyridine, Fluoxetine, Dextromethorphan, and Chlorpheniramine. According to our expert, toxicologist Dr. Richard Parent, who has not seen Brittany’s autopsy report, tells us, “what was in her stomach was a deadly combination. All of these chemicals going into her liver at once … it’s like trying to get into a [subway] car in Manhattan during rush hour.”

What makes these drugs so dangerous — taken all at once — is that they use the same isozyme, an enzyme which breaks down chemicals in the liver.

Dr. Parent says, “To find all of these [drugs] in the person’s stomach is kind of extraordinary. Somebody [was] not paying attention to the [possible drug] interaction. If Brittany were getting all of these drugs from the same doctor and same pharmacist … someone should have told her not to take these all together.”

When Brittany was first found dead in her LA home on Dec. 20, several pill bottles and medications were found all over the house. Some were prescribed to her, others were under the names of her husband,  Simon Monjack, and her mother, Sharon Murphy.

We know that Brittany, 32 was known to suffer from severe anemia, but the last time she went to the doctor was months before her death.  The LA County Coroner’s preliminary autopsy report, issued Feb. 4, stated that Brittany’s death was: “Accidental caused by community acquired pneumonia, iron deficiency anemia, and multiple drug intoxication.”

So, even though Brittany’s death was ruled accidental, and no illegal drugs were found in her body at the time of her death, it still seems as though she ingested a “deadly combination” of prescription drugs before she died.  So sad.

Read this breakdown of the six drugs found in Brittany’s stomach:

Propranolol: Is for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure), angina, certain types of cardiac arrhythmias, certain types of cardiac output diseases, a sympathetic nervous system disorder known as pheochromocytoma, hyperthyroid conditions, migraine, heart attack, and tremors of a variety of origins. It is also used on occasion for the treatment of medication-induced movement disorders caused by antipsychotic drugs and certain anxiety states in people suffering from a specific form of social phobia.

Phenazopyridine: is used to treat pain, burning, increased urination, and increased urge to urinate. These symptoms are usually caused by infection, injury, surgery, catheter, or other conditions that irritate the lower urinary tract.
Fluoxetine: is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It’s used to treat major depressive disorder, bulimia nervosa (an eating disorder) obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Dextromethorphan: is a cough suppressant. It affects the signals in the brain that trigger cough reflex.

Chlorpheniramine: is used to treat sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose caused by allergies or the common cold.