20 Medications That Cause Memory Loss

20-Medications-That-Cause-Memory-Loss

Prescription drugs cause over 100,000 deaths per year and cause another 1.5 million people to experience side effects so severe they must be hospitalized.

Adverse drug reactions are now the fourth leading cause of death in the US. (1)

Every medication carries some risks and memory loss is a very common side effect.

The Top 3 Types of Drugs That Cause Memory Loss

If you are taking any prescription medication, the odds are that it falls into one of these three categories of drugs known to cause memory loss and other cognitive problems:

The “Anti” Drugs

If you take a drug that starts with “anti,” such as antihistamines, antidepressants, antipsychotics, antibiotics, antispasmodics, or antihypertensives, it’s likely that it will affect your acetylcholine levels.

Acetylcholine is the primary neurotransmitter involved with memory and learning. Low acetycholine can lead to symptoms that resemble dementia including mental confusion, delirium, blurred vision, memory loss, and hallucinations.

Sleeping Pills

Prescription sleeping pills are notorious for causing memory loss.

The popular drug Ambien has been coined by some as “the amnesia drug.” Some users experience night terrors, sleep walking, sleep driving, and hallucinations.

Prescription sleeping pills have been found to put you in a state similar to being passed out drunk or in a coma while bypassing the restorative sleep your brain needs. There are much better ways to get to sleep!

Statin Drugs

These cholesterol-lowering medications might just be the single worst group of drugs for your brain. Memory loss is now required to be listed as a side effect on the label.

One quarter of your brain is made up of cholesterol. Cholesterol is necessary for memory, learning, and fast thinking. So it is not a total surprise that cholesterol-lowering drugs negatively effect the brain.

See also: What Are the Top 4 Dangerous Toxins to the Brain?

Learn why taking statins might not be in your best interest, and how to talk to your doctor about getting off of them in Exposed: Why Cholesterol Doesn’t Cause Heart Disease and If You Take Cholesterol Medication, You Must Know This!

20 Medications Known to Cause Memory Loss

Here is a list of medications known to have memory loss as a possible side effect:

  1. for Parkinson’s — scopolamine, atropine, glycopyrrolate
  2. for epilepsy — phenytoin or Dilantin
  3. painkillers — heroin, morphine, codeine
  4. sleeping pills — Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata
  5. benzodiazepines — Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Dalmane
  6. quinidine
  7. naproxen
  8. steroids
  9. antibiotics (quinolones)
  10. antihistamines
  11. interferons
  12. high blood pressure drugs
  13. insulin
  14. beta blockers (especially those used for glaucoma)
  15. methyldopa
  16. antipsychotics — Haldol, Mellaril
  17. tricyclic antidepressants
  18. lithium
  19. barbiturates — Amytal, Nembutal, Seconal, phenobarbital
  20. chemotherapy drugs

This list was assembled by Richard C. Mohs, Ph.D., former vice chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. (2)

What You Can Do Next

Are you taking any of these medications? If so, we recommend you talk to your doctor if you believe it’s affecting your memory.

Get your doctor to work with you to find better options — different prescriptions and/or making healthy lifestyle choices — instead.

Meanwhile, use the lifestyle advice you find here on our website.

Even if you have to stay on your medication, you can lessen the load on your brain by taking proactive steps such as eating a brain-healthy diet, getting the physical exercise your brain needs, and taking the right brain supplements.

Give your brain the healthiest possible environment to stay mentally sharp in spite of your medications.

Source | WakingTimes

Find us here

Get news from the CSGLOBE in your inbox each weekday morning

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors/source and do not necessarily reflect the position of CSGLOBE or its staff.

Paid content

EPA Faces Lawsuit For Withholding Records Related To Pesticide Rule Change

On Tuesday, Farmworker Justice and Earthjustice sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for refusing to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request related...

Americans are starting to suffer from Trump’s health-care sabotage

IT is a tribute to the resilience of the United States’ public and private institutions that, despite President Trump’s incoherent management, the country has,...

Is USA lying to WHO on virus data? Or WHO is lying the world?

Numbers have a certain mystique: They seem precise, exact, sometimes even beyond doubt. But outside the field...

What's New Today

Georgia House Votes To Allow Citizens To Abolish Police Departments In The State

The Georgia House backed an effort on Friday to dissolve the Glynn County Police Department and any...

Leaked CDC document contradicts Pence claim that U.S. coronavirus cases ‘have stabilized’

Even as Vice President Mike Pence wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Tuesday that coronavirus...

Five bombshells about Trump from Bolton ‘s book

Excerpts from former national security adviser John Bolton ’s book about his time in the Trump administration...

Don’t Listen to Fox. Here’s What’s Really Going On in Seattle’s Protest Zone.

It seems I live in a city undergoing a “totalitarian takeover” that will lead to “fascist outcomes”...

MOST READ

What Is Agenda 21? Depopulation of 95% of the World By 2030

Most people are unaware that one of the greatest threats to their freedom may be a United Nations program which plans to depopulate 95%...

Complete List of BANKS Owned/Controlled by the Rothschild Family

What’s the significance of having a central bank within a country and why should you concern yourself, your family and colleagues? Central banks are illegally...

Bill Gates is the top target for coronavirus conspiracy theories

Bill Gates has been one of the most outspoken public figures about the coronavirus pandemic. But the...

EPA Faces Lawsuit For Withholding Records Related To Pesticide Rule Change

On Tuesday, Farmworker Justice and Earthjustice sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for refusing to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request related...

Feeling Low Energy and Tired All The Time? Try This Out!

One thing that I’ve noticed over the years is that sometimes my habits have caused me to get into a low energy state.  For...

Why We’re All Deficient In Magnesium, The Many Signs & What To Do

Signs of magnesium deficiency are everywhere in the United States, if you know what to look for. Unfortunately, the symptoms are so incredibly common...

FDA Claims New GM Potatoes are Safe: But Would You Eat it?

The Food and Drug Administration has recently given a green light to a genetically modified potato engineered to resist a pathogen that is responsible...

Would you hug a wild lion? Someone did!

When you hear of someone trying to hug a wild lion, you immediately think you know exactly what’s about to happen. But trust me...

Teen Invents Flashlight That Could Change The World

16-Year-Old girl invents flashlight powered by body heat Many scientists are saying Ann Makosinski’s invention could change the world. Makosinski, a Filipino-Canadian from Victoria, Canada,...

Police Kill Farmer’s Prized Goat After ‘Fearing For Their Lives’

Matt Minnick is a small farmer in Portland who is now very upset after a Washington County Sheriff’s Office Deputy shot and killed his...

Ecuador Just Set The World Record For Reforestation!

More than 45,000 people came together last weekend and set the Guinness World Record for single-day reforestation efforts. You often hear saddening statistics about the...