Benzos are also used to treat drug withdrawal, agoraphobia, seizure disorder, and a host of other conditions. According to the U.S. Library of Medicine, Ativan's most serious side effects include worsening depression and suicidal thoughts. But does that mean Cornell's suicide can be blamed on the fact that.
Although Cornell’s death was officially ruled a suicide by the Wayne County Medical Examiner, the rock icon’s family (and the family’s attorney) are awaiting toxicology reports to determine exactly what was in his system at the time of his death. Vicky has publicly stated that, while her late husband may have died by his own hand, she does not believe he knew what he was doing. Sponsored ad.
I have, however, taken Xanax for anxiety, as well as brand-name anti-depressants and medication for my ADHD.
While it may not be the sole cause of his death, research does suggest an association between this drug and suicidal thoughts and actions. Ativan is in a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. Approximay fifteen types of “benzos” have been approved by the FDA for treatment of anxiety related conditions.
As with any drug that is taken correctly, Ativan can benefit the patient greatly. Incorrect usage however, can result in addiction, life threatening behaviors and even death. While benzodiazepines are extremely useful as sedatives, anxiety reducers and muscle relaxers, they are intended for short-term use.
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Both slow down the central nervous system, so combining them can cause respiratory depression, coma and death. The mixture of benzos and opioids is particularly dangerous. In fact, the FDA recently required pharmaceutical companies to place “black-box warnings” (their highest level warning) on nearly four hundred products to inform people of the dangers associated with using the drugs together.
The 52 year-old vocalist had a prescription for Ativan, the family shared, and may have taken a higher dosage that impaired his judgement. Attorney Kirk Pasich noted that Ativan can cause paranoid or suicidal thoughts and slurred speech. Ativan is a tranquilizer and anti-anxiety medication that is.
“Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris—or if any substances contributed to his demise,” the Cornell family said. Chris Cornell’s family has issued a statement questioning the coroner’s report that the singer intentionally took his own life on Thursday. The 52 year-old vocalist had a prescription Access exclusive content.
Chris Cornell’s family has issued a statement questioning the coroner’s report that the singer intentionally took his own life on Thursday.
Chris Cornell was taking anti-anxiety drugs which can cause suicidal thoughts before he hanged himself. The musician's Sources close to his wife, Vicky Karayiannis-Cornell, have revealed that she recalls he was slurring his words and admitted to taking "an extra Ativan or two" shortly before his death.
That kind of gives me pause.”. In retrospect… it almost sounded like he wasn’t going to show up in the next town. He continued: “I took that to mean at the time, he said it that the next city won’t compare to the show they would put on in Detroit.
“It’s a very odd choice to weave that in and now it does make you wonder. It makes me look at my pictures to search his eyes to see if there is a clue, something he’s saying that people were missing.”. There is so much that does point to a person who perhaps knew what was coming up, which is so sad.
"I know that he loved our children, and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life."
It was Vicky - who Chris recently described as "an angel, a lioness and the perfect wife and mother" - who raised the alarm, when she failed to reach him at the ho and alerted a friend.
It follows this morning's interview with a Detroit photographer who watched Cornell perform what would be his last-ever show.
According to new reports, Vicky, who has daughter Toni, 12, and son, Christopher, 11, with Chris, had spoken to her husband shortly after the sell-out show in front of 5,200 fans.
New details have emerged in the tragic death of Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman, Chris Cornell.
"The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions," he said.
"What happened is inexplicable, and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details," Vicky said in a statement released on Friday.
Sources close to his wife, Vicky Karayiannis-Cornell, have revealed that she recalls he was slurring his words and admitted to taking "an extra Ativan or two" shortly before his death.
"They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time."
The statement also said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.
Chris had a prescription for the anti-anxiety medication, the family's attorney confirmed.
Settle also said it was unusual for the band to finish their set with a Led Zeppelin song which was blended into their own - My Time of Dying.
Rare side effects include paranoid or suicidal thoughts.
My Time Of Dying contains the lyrics: "In my time of dying, I want nobody to mourn / All I want for you to do is take my body home."
Vicky confirmed that her husband, a recovering addict, was taking the prescription drug Ativan, which treats anxiety and insomnia.
It was around 11.25pm as he was escorted out, along with his bandmates to head back to their MGM Ho in a mini-bus.
Members of his security team have also told The Daily Mail how Chris, 52, seemed "absoluy normal" and "happy and glad to meet fans," as he left the Fox Theatre after the show on Wednesday night.
It was minutes later, shortly after midnight, that Chris was found dead in his ho bathroom in what is believed to be a suicide.
His representative Brian Bumbery said in a statement: "His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing.
"If my wings should fail me, Lord /Please meet me with another pair."
The musician's wife has said that he slurred his words during their final conversation in a statement.
He wished them luck, and told some he would see them in Ohio for the next show the band were due to perform on Friday night.
Cornell family attorney Kirk Pasich said in a separate statement Friday that they believe the extra Ativan, which can lead to suicidal thoughts, potentially caused Cornell to take his life. “Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris — or if any substances contributed to.
Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and might’ve taken more than the recommended dosage. “Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris — or if any substances contributed to his demise,” Pasich said.
“When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him.”. “He was slurring his words; he was different,” Vicky said.
His world revolved around his family first and of course, his music, second.”.