The statistics in the USA shows that the main reasons of death are adverse drug reactions, as more than 1.5 million cases of hospitalized people with severe side-effects and the prescription drugs lead to over 100,000 deaths annually.
We are presenting you three categories of prescription drugs that lead to numerous cognitive issues, including memory loss:
- Sleeping Pills
Sleeping pills often cause a state similar to being drunk and being in a coma and can also lead to memory loss. Those pills do not restore the sleep needed, and the body cannot repair itself.
We will point here Ambien, a popular drug, which is known to be “the amnesia drug” and leads to hallucinations, sleepwalking, night terrors and sleep-driving.
- Statin Drugs
These drugs are used to regulate the cholesterol levels, but there are one of the most damaging drugs for the brain. It happens as ¼ of the brain is composed of cholesterol, which is necessary for thinking, learning, and memory. In addition, they may cause memory loss and similar adverse effects.
- The “Anti” Drugs
The “anti” drugs, including antihistamines, antidepressants, antibiotics, antispasmodics, antipsychotics, or antihypertensive can reduce the acetylcholine levels in the body, which is the main neurotransmitter needed for memory and learning.
In such situation, when it is at low levels, it can cause blurred vision, dementia, memory loss, mental confusion, delirium, and hallucinations.
Here is a list which includes 20 drugs composed by Richard C. Mohs, which cause memory loss:
- Antibiotics (quinolones)
- Painkillers – morphine, codeine, heroin
- Sleeping pills – Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata
- Chemotherapy drugs
- Barbiturates – Nembutal, Phenobarbital, Seconal, Amytal
- Epilepsy – Dilantin or phenytoin
- Parkinson’s disease – atropine, glycopyrrolate, scopolamine
- Antipsychotics – Mellaril, Haldol
- Benzodiazepines – Xanax, Valium, Dalmane, Ativan
- High blood pressure drugs
- Tricyclic antidepressants
If those drugs are recommended for you, you should consult your doctor and find out if they affect your memory. The best way to avoid any side effects it is better to find a healthier alternative.
The physical activity guaranteed you better effects, so, take some supplements, and consume more foods beneficial for the brain, in order to lower the load on it.
In order to remain sharp and healthy in general, you should preserve the brain health.