Nonetheless, before we start a child on medication, we take a careful cardiac history. I always ask for a history of sudden death in the family on either side, and for the child’s personal cardiac history. Did the pediatrician say he had a murmur? Has he complained of chest pain? Has he fainted? At the baseline, you want to check blood pressure, and if there’s any family history, or if there’s any indication of cardiac symptoms, then that patient should have a cardiac workup before he starts stimulant medication. Those are still the current guidelines.
Rapper Eminem, whose albums have titles like “Relapse” and “Recovery,” has been open about his battles with prescription drug addiction, including his near overdose on methadone, his relapse, and his eventual detox. He blames Ambien, however, for huge lapses in his memory over five years and an extended period of writer's block. “…a lot of my memory is gone. I don't know if you've ever taken Ambien, but it's kind of a memory-eraser. That shit wiped out five years of my life. People will tell me stories, and it's like, "I did that?" I saw myself doing this thing on [television network] BET recently, and I was like, "When was that?"” Eminem has kept some of his writing from that period, admitting to Rolling Stone that “It fucking creeps me out…Letters all down the page – it was like my hand weighed 400 pounds. I have all that shit in a box in my closet. As a reminder that I don’t ever want to go back.”