The capital reason of death in the U.S. are adverse drug reactions. Sadly enough, prescription drugs cause 100,000 deaths per year, and more than 1.5 million of people ended up in hospitals due to severe side-effects of the used drugs.
We will present you three categories of prescription drugs which can lead to many cognitive issues, including memory loss:
- Statin Drugs
These drugs are prescribed for regulation of cholesterol levels, and are one of the most damaging drugs for the brain. This is a result of the fact that one quarter of the brain is consisted of cholesterol which is highly necessary for the memory, and for the thinking and learning process. Further on, they can likewise cause memory loss and similar side effects.
- Sleeping Pills
Sleeping pills most frequently can cause memory loss and a condition similar to coma or to being drunk. So, they are not actually restoring the sleep highly needed for the body to function properly and get repaired.
For example, a quite popular drug, Ambien is otherwise known as “the amnesia drug” since it causes sleep walking, hallucinations, night terrors, and sleep driving.
- The “Anti” Drugs
Each one of the “anti” drugs, including antihistamines, antibiotics, antihypertensive, antidepressants, antispasmodics, and antipsychotics greatly impact the acetylcholine levels in the body, which is the main neurotransmitter necessary for the memory and learning.
If the levels of this neurotransmitter are low, then this would cause blurred vision, memory loss, mental confusion, hallucinations, dementia and delirium.
The former vice chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Richard C. Mohs, created the following list of 20 drugs which can cause memory loss:
- Antibiotics (quinolones)
- Antipsychotics – Mellaril, Haldol
- Beta blockers
- Barbiturates – Nembutal, Phenobarbital, Seconal, Amytal
- Benzodiazepines – Xanax, Valium, Dalmane, Ativan
- Chemotherapy drugs
- Epilepsy – Dilantin or phenytoin
- High blood pressure drugs
- Sleeping pills – Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata
- Painkillers – morphine, codeine, heroin
- Parkinson’s disease – atropine, glycopyrrolate, scopolamine
- Tricyclic antidepressants
If by any chance you use some of these drugs, then you need to seek an advice from your doctor to find out if they affect your memory. However, there is always a natural alternative to these medications, it can either be another medication or lifestyle changes.
In order to take good care of your body and to minimize the effects of these drugs you need to be more physically active, take certain supplements, and eat beneficial foods for the brain.
Brain health is very important for every person especially if you want to lead a quality life; therefore preserve it at all costs.
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