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  1. 2 With all the talk about the Rolling Stones "50 year" anniversary a bunch of us got to talking about some of their most famous songs.

    Anyway the topic came up of "Mother's Little Helper" a song that speaks of the famous "little yellow pill" of the 1960's. General consensus was the song refered to Valium (diazepam), but I think Nembutal (Pentobarbital), which tough a capsule is yellow coloured.
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    I had a patient in the DT's who I was giving valium to, the wife asked what it was and I said "diazepam", she looked at me puzzled so I said "valium", she then said "Oh, mommy's little helper".

    I don't know if that's what the Rolling Stones meant, I always took the song as a commentary about how drug abuse isn't just isolated to Rock stars, housewives can abuse prescription drugs as well.
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    I always thought that Quaaludes (methaqualone) were "mommy's little helper."
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    Nope - trust me when I tell you I am old enough to know what this means. The 'little yellow pill' is Valium. End of story.
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    Quote from marycarney
    Nope - trust me when I tell you I am old enough to know what this means. The 'little yellow pill' is Valium. End of story.
    I learn something new every day

    Moved to Break Room since this really isn't related to nursing.
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    Yes, I had heard of Valium being referred to as "the little yellow pill" long before becoming a nurse.
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    I always thought it was Valium too.

    It's a good song.

    Valid too . ... I just use wine now.
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    Googled it . . .

    benzo.org.uk - Mother's Little Helper - Valium at 35

    "Not enough people kept in mind the suicides that were averted and the marriages that were saved because of this drug," says Sternbach, who adds that he himself occasionally popped a "V".


    Mother's Little Helper by The Rolling Stones Songfacts


    http://www.sptimes.com/2003/07/16/Wo...tle_Help.shtml
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    I knew Valium was yellow, just didn't think that was what they were talking about in the song. I wasn't really a Stones fan until late in life.

    My mother used (and still uses) Valium but I've never heard her call it that. She just always called it "Valium."
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    so, like, where does frank zappa's "don't you eat that yellow snow" come from?

    -mic
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    Quote from Davey Do
    so, like, where does frank zappa's "don't you eat that yellow snow" come from?

    -mic

    *LOL*

    Oh even *I* know the answer to that one! *LOL*

    Guess you didn't grow up in a cold climate where it snows in winter and had dogs for pets. Oh heck, not even as pets as it's plainly obvious walking down a snow covered street/sidewalk after someone has let their dog do their business why you shouldn't eat "yellow snow".
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    Quote from Meriwhen
    I knew Valium was yellow, just didn't think that was what they were talking about in the song. I wasn't really a Stones fan until late in life.

    My mother used (and still uses) Valium but I've never heard her call it that. She just always called it "Valium."

    As for Quaaludes, it seems they were all over high school back in the day. You couldn't go to a party without some idiot belting out "Luudes put you in the mood". IIRC it was the heavy recreational abuse of the drug that got it pulled off markets and or tightly controlled in the UK, EU and the USA.
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    Quote from marycarney
    Nope - trust me when I tell you I am old enough to know what this means. The 'little yellow pill' is Valium. End of story.
    Not to go up against your learned knowledge, if the drug mentioned in the song is truly Valium then the ending does not make sense:

    ___
    What a drag it is getting old
    Kids are different today,
    I hear evry mother say
    Mother needs something today to calm her down
    And though shes not really ill
    Theres a little yellow pill
    She goes running for the shelter of a mothers little helper
    And it helps her on her way, gets her through her busy day

    Things are different today,
    I hear evry mother say
    Cooking fresh food for a husbands just a drag
    So she buys an instant cake and she burns her frozen steak
    And goes running for the shelter of a mothers little helper
    And two help her on her way, get her through her busy day

    Doctor please, some more of these
    Outside the door, she took four more
    What a drag it is getting old

    Men just arent the same today
    I hear evry mother say
    They just dont appreciate that you get tired
    Theyre so hard to satisfy, you can tranquilize your mind
    So go running for the shelter of a mothers little helper
    And four help you through the night, help to minimize your plight

    Doctor please, some more of these
    Outside the door, she took four more
    What a drag it is getting old

    Lifes just much too hard today,

    I hear evry mother say
    The pusuit of happiness just seems a bore
    And if you take more of those, you will get an overdose
    No more running for the shelter of a mothers little helper
    They just helped you on your way, through your busy dying day

    End

    Taken on it's own one was under the impression an overdose of Valium does not normally cause death. Coma yes, along with a host of other adverse reactions, but not death. However if one consumes alcohol and or other drugs then yes the overdose can become fatal. Don't think 20mgs of Valium alone could cause a death by overdose.

    Am wondering also if it could have been Miltown (Memprobamate)?


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