"Sleeping pill helped my girl wake up from a SIX year coma
By BETH HALE - Last updated at 22:22pm on 30th October 2007
After her teenage daughter slipped into a coma, Thelma Pickard never lost hope of recovery.
Six years on, the devoted mother is daring to believe her hopes may be answered.
Daughter Amy, now 23, has begun to show signs of life after being given an over-the-counter sleeping pill. Last night Mrs Pickard said the 'old sparkle' returned to her daughter's eyes when she was given a pill and described the change as 'amazing'. "
Nov 1, '07
How totally wonderful. This girl is in the UK. Wonder if Ambien is OTC there.
Last edit by leslymill on Nov 1, '07
Nov 1, '07
Quote from Emmanuel Goldstein
This is the story of the 31 year old, and the docs are the ones who did the study. This reads to me that they noticed the effect and then did the research, but that the initial dose of zolpidem did have an effect.
MIRACLE TREATMENT HERE BY 2009
A BRITISH doctor, Ralph Clauss, has just discovered why Zolpidem has a miraculous effect on coma patients.
The consultant at Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford, says: "Louis' case is phenomenal and opens doors for permanent vegetative state patients improving consciousness.
"The drug will not work on all brain damaged patients, though. It depends on the size of the area of their brain that is 'asleep'.
"Zolpidem is most effective on people who have a large area of their brain which is dormant. Patients are prescribed it to help them sleep as it activates receptors in the brain that enhance chemicals involved in inducing sleepiness.
"When brain damage occurs, these receptors change shape. This new shape is then distorted by the drug and causes the nerve cells to resume normal activity again.
Percy Lomax, chief executive of ReGen Therapeutics, the firm patenting Zolpidem to use on patients with brain dormancy in the UK, says:
"This is a major breakthrough and very exciting because you can change people's lives."
"We have tried the drug on other patients in South Africa with varying forms of dormancy and the vast majority have responded well.
"We are now doing trials on 20 of them to see if it can change their brain dormancy with a lesser dosage. We then have two further trial phases.
"If it all goes positively we will be able to register it for use in Britain. It should be on the market by 2008/2009."
Thank you for posting this! This is so fascinating (and it makes my last theory moot). It sounds like the drug is working like a 'reset button' of sorts.
Last edit by Multicollinearity on Nov 1, '07