Mr. Scott was well liked and hugely popular among his peers. He was happily married and had two young sons. He showed no indication of outward depression. Is it possible the medication he was taking played a role in his death?
The toxicology report that recently came back indicated he was taking two prescribed medications, the hypnotic sleep aid, Lunesta and the anti-depressant, Remeron. Remeron is also used as a sleep aid.
When you pair the medications together the side effects greatly heightened.
There has now been quite of bit research verifying hypnotic sleep aids, such as Lunesta, Ambien and others offering evidence these drugs have been linked to sleep walking, sleep driving and other activities that occur while in a dream state. The people under the influence of these drugs often have short-term amnesia. Lunesta and Ambien head the list of dangerous hypnotics that lead to these activities.
In speaking with a number of medical experts who chose to remain anonymous, is it so far-fetched to believe that Mr. Scott was dreaming when he got into his Prius and drove to the San Pedro Bridge, a bridge he had used before in other movies, and dreamed he was actually going to a film set? To take it a step further, upon arriving at the “film set,” a stunt required an actor to jump from the bridge. In a dream state, we often take on other characters. Was he taking on the stunt man’s role?
Perhaps the note he left behind in his car, his contact information, had more to do with why he was parking the car on the bridge. And perhaps the notes that were left at home for loved ones were written from a state of deep depression. Of course we will never know.
These may seem like outrageous allegations, but looking deeper into the facts, perhaps not.
There have now been countless reports of people taking hypnotic sleep aids such as Lunesta, that upon awakening find themselves behind the wheel of a car, walking down the street, eating food in their kitchen, and in some cases committing a crime without any memory of such activity.
Remeron, used for depression and sometimes bi-polar depression, clearly states that the most dangerous side effect is suicidal thinking, albeit for people under the age of 24. However, further down the packaging insert, it reads this side-effect is common to anyone of any age, especially the elderly. Other side effects include abnormal dreams, abnormal thinking, drowsiness, confusion, hallucinations and impulsiveness.
The manufactures of both Remeron and Lunestra recommend after taking your dosage, to not operate a vehicle. Yet, Remeron is a medication one takes during the day, a simple anti-depressant.
Given both of these drugs have side effects that are actually very similar; combining the two drugs seems a recipe for disaster.
It’s impossible to ever know why Tony Scott jumped to his death, but it does bring up further questions regarding seemingly harmless sleep aids and anti-depressants, especially when they are prescribed together.
More and more studies are being done on hypnotic sleep medication, all resulting in highersuicide risks and shorted life span.
In a recent study, the National Center for Biotechnology Information concluded that the majority of people who commit suicide are under the influence of hypnotics, therefore it is highly recommended to doctors to not prescribe them to individuals with depressive disorders.
Lunesta is a relatively new sleep drug, but it’s known in social media circles as the Butterfly Drug, mainly because that is how it is advertised and also because, like a butterfly, once you take off, you may never return. The commercial suggests you will have a lovely sleep, then goes on to list the dozens of potentially life threatening side effects.