Prescription drugs are the fourth leading cause of death in the USA. These come with a nice pack of harmful side effects, and memory loss is the most common among these.
Get well informed before you take these. This is an essential step in the prevention process, and it will help you protect your health. Off-the-counter-prescription drugs contain ingredients that cause memory loss and various cognitive problems.
Sleeping pills affect memory. These circumvent the sleep your brain requires, and hold you at the edge of coma or alcohol-intoxicated mind. Ambien, or ‘amnesia drug’ is a sleeping medication that triggers hallucinations, night terrors, sleep walking and sleep driving.
Statins drugs decrease cholesterol levels. If by any chance you did not know it, your brain is 1/4 cholesterol, so you may have a severe problem here. Your brain requires cholesterol for your concentration, memory, learning and fast thinking. Memory loss is one of the side effects you may get stuck with when consuming stating drugs.
The ‘Anti’ class of drugs
Acetylcholine is the primary transmitter that is associated with memory and learning. Decreased acetylcholine levels are likely to cause certain symptoms that resemble dementia, memory loss, delirium, blurred vision, hallucinations, and mental confusion. These drugs have the prefix ‘anti,’ so you have antibiotics, antidepressants, antipsychotics, antihistamines, antihypertensive, or antispasmodics. These affect acetylcholine by lowering it to a unhealthy levels.
Here is a list of the drugs that affect memory and health in general. It was created by Richard C. Mohs, Ph.D, a former vice chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
- Antibiotics (Quinolones)
- Antipsychotics (Haldol and Mellaril)
- Hypertension drugs
- Barbiturates (Amytal, Nembutal, Seconal and Phenobarbital)
- Benzodiazepines (Ativan, Dalmane, Valium, Xanax)
- Beta blockers (especially drugs used in glaucoma therapies)
- Chemo drugs
- Medications for Parkinson’s disease (Atropine, Glycopyrrolate, and Scopolamine)
- Sleeping pills (Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata)
- Painkillers (Morphine, Codeine, Heroin)
- Epilepsy drugs (Dilantin and Phenytoin)