Prescription drugs are the reason for more than 1.5 to experience negative side effects and over 100,000 deaths on an annual basis. Each prescription drug is a risk, but one of the deadliest effect is the memory loss.
Each prescription drug that belongs into one of these 3 categories, cause cognitive problems and memory loss:
- The “Anti” Drugs
Antidepressants, antipsychotics, antihistamines, antispasmodics, antihypertensive, or antibiotics affect the level of acetylcholine, which is a the primary neurotransmitter that is involved in the process of memory and learning. When the acetylcholine level is low, it can lead to mental confusion, delirium, blurred vision, memory loss, hallucinations, and dementia.
- Sleeping Pills
Ambien, the popular drug which was claimed to be ‘the amnesia drug’ since the people who use it experience night terrors, sleep walking, sleep driving, and hallucinations. Sleeping pills provoke a condition similar to being in coma or drunk. Therefore, people using such pills don’t experience restorative sleep so the brain needs to repair itself.
- Statin Drugs
Statin drugs are famous drugs used for lowering of cholesterol and are one of the worst medications for the brain, because they provoke memory loss. 1/4 of your brain consists of cholesterol that is extremely important for learning, fast thinking, and memory. So, these statin drugs affect your brain health.
These 20 Drugs Are Known to Cause Memory Loss:
– Parkinson’s disease – scopolamine, atropine, glycopyrrolate
– Painkillers – heroin, morphine, and codeine
– Epilepsy – phenytoin and dilantin
– Sleeping pills – Ambien, Lunesta, and Sonata
– Benzodiazepines – Valium, Xanax, Dalmane, and Ativan
– High blood pressure drugs
– Beta blockers
– Tricyclic antidepressants
– Antipsychotics – Haldol, and Mellaril
– Chemotherapy drugs
– Barbiturates – Amytal, Nembutal, Seconal, and Phenobarbital
Richard Mohs composed this list who is a former vice head of the Psychiatry Department at the Medicine Mount Sinai School.
What to Do?
If you use these drugs, first consult your doctor in case they might affect your memory. Instead, try to figure out and find some better options or any other different medications. At least, you can try to change lifestyle habits. If you are obliged to use them, try to take proactive steps in order to reduce your brain load like for instance, doing some physical exercise, consuming brain-healthy diet or brain supplements.