Roseanne Barr Says She Wrote The Offensive Tweet Under The Influence Of Sleep Medicine. Is It Possible?

Date June 4, 2018

Roseanne’s offensive tweet: was she “Ambien-tweeting”?

ABC has decided to discontinue Roseanne Barr’s hit sitcom “Roseanne” following her offensive tweet, in which the comedian likened President Obama's advisor Valerie Jarrett to an ape. A firestorm ensued, with liberal journalists and commentators saying the show’s cancellation serves Roseanne right. Conservatives came to her defense, accusing liberals of hypocrisy and citing obscene jokes about President Trump and his family going unpunished.


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Meanwhile, Roseanne herself explained that she was under the influence of Ambien when she typed that tweet:


Ambien is a popular drug used to treat sleep problems, mainly insomnia.

The manufacturer of the medicine, Sanofi, was quick to respond:

But can Ambien really lead to such lapses in judgment? And what are its other possible side effects?


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Ambien: what it can do to you

Ambien is one of the most popular sleeping medicines in the U.S. It’s classified as sedative-hypnotic, and it helps its users fall asleep faster.

According to WebMD, the treatment course with this drug usually lasts one or two weeks or even less.

Although Ambien does help many people with sleep problems, it can also cause some weird side effects. The most common one is daytime drowsiness, but others include sleepwalking and doing all kinds of things while not fully conscious. There have been reports of people cooking, eating, making phone calls, having sex, and even driving without being fully awake in the process.

It’s not clear whether typing tweets that aren’t fully thought-through can be explained by the effects of the drug. If such cases exist, they aren’t well-documented.

What is known for a fact is that Ambien has a stronger effect on women than on men.

What do you think about this whole situation with Roseanne? Let us know in the comments!

Source: LiveScience, Business Insider, WebMD

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