Many people die as a result of adverse drug reactions. Prescription drugs cause more than 100,00 deaths every year, and millions of people end up in hospitals due to severe side effects.
We give you the three main categories of prescription drugs that cause cognitive issues, especially memory loss:
- Sleeping pills
Sleeping pills affect memory and lead to a coma-like state. Ambien is also known as “amnesia drug,” because it causes hallucinations, night terrors, sleep walking, and even sleep driving.
These have a detrimental effect to the brain. Cholesterol makes up a quarter of your brain which is why stating affect your thinking, memory, and learning skills. Statins are linked to memory loss and other severe side-effects.
- The “anti” drugs
These include antihistamines, antibiotics, antidepressants, antipsychotics, antispasmodics, and antihypertensive drugs. They affect the acetylcholine level in the body. It’s the neurotransmitter that plays essential role in memory and learning.
Low acetylcholine levels cause blurred vision, memory loss, dementia, delirium, mental confusion, and hallucinations.
Richard C. Mohs, former vice-chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, worked on the complete list of drugs that affect memory:
- Antibiotics (quinolones)
- Sleeping pills – Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata
- Painkillers – morphine, codeine, heroin
- Chemotherapy drugs
- Epilepsy – Dilantin or phenytoin
- Barbiturates – Nembutal, Phenobarbital, Seconal, Amytal
- Antipsychotics – Mellaril, Haldol
- Parkinson’s disease – atropine, glycopyrrolate, scopolamine
- Benzodiazepines – Xanax, Valium, Dalmane, Ativan
- Beta blockers
- High blood pressure drugs
- Tricyclic antidepressants
If you use any of these drugs, consult your doctor on their harmful effect. Opt for healthier alternatives, and introduce healthy changes to your lifestyle.
Be more active, take high-quality supplements, and eat brain-friendly foods.
Your brain health matters, so give your best to protect it.