While in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention, Tom Brokaw felt ill and was taken to the hospital this morning. Turns out, he took the sleeping pill, Ambien, when he shouldn’t have.
In a statement, NBC News president Steve Campus explained what happened and assured the public that Brokaw is doing well:
On the set of ‘Morning Joe’ this morning, Tom Brokaw felt light-headed. Out of an abundance of caution, he was taken to a hospital. He is being evaluated and is in good spirits.
Later, Brokaw, who is 72, joked about the incident on Twitter:
All is well. Early AM I mistakenly took a half dose of (sleep aid) Ambien and made less sense than usual. Made a better comeback than Giants…
This is certainly not the first time someone took a sleeping pill by mistake. Remember Kerry Kennedy‘s accident this summer? She claimed that she took Ambien by mistake. And it’s fairly easy to do if you take your meds in the dark or keep them all in the same container, according to what Michael Cohen, a pharmacist and president of ISMP, told Today:
These kinds of mix-ups are pretty common. I’ve done it myself.
He went on to explain how keeping your meds in one container can cause confusion because a lot of pills look alike. And if you wear glasses and don’t put them on, you could very well end up taking the wrong one.
The take-away from all of this is: Be clear on what pill you are taking because the results of an error can be dangerous.
Stay tuned for more details on Tom Brokaw.