We all use some prescription drugs to treat some health issue almost every day. The bad thing is that these prescription drugs are a cause for over than 100000 deaths and there are more than 1.5 million people that experience some side-effects from them. The prescription drugs can cause some serious risks and reactions and these reactions are the number one cause for death in the USA.
Memory loss is also one of the most common risks from taking prescription drugs. The following three kinds of medications are some of the most common categories of drugs that can cause memory loss issues.
The anti drugs
This category includes anti drugs, such as: antipsychotic, antidepressants, antipasmodics, antibiotics, antihistamines and antihypertensive drugs. All of them have a side-effect on the acetycholine level, which is known as the primary neurotransmitter and it is responsible for learning and memory. Hallucinations, memory loss, blurred vision, delirium and many other issues are just a few of the problems that can be caused because of the low-levels of acetylcholine.
People use sleeping pills very often and they can also be a reason for memory loss. Ambien or also known as ”the amnesia drug” is one of the most popular sleeping pill. It can cause sleep walking, hallucinations, night terrors, sleep driving, etc. Using sleeping pills sometimes can cause the person to be in a state similar to being drunk or in a come. There are many other ways helping you fall asleep than using sleeping pills.
These drugs are usually used to lower the cholesterol levels and they are considered to be one of the worst medications for the brain. Statin drugs have the ability to negatively affect your overall health, cause brain problems and lead to memory loss.
There are also some other drugs that can have really serious side-effects and cause memory loss, such as:
– High blood pressure drugs
– Painkillers – morphine, heroin, codeine
– Epilepsy – Dilantin or phenytoin
– Beta blockers (especially those for glaucoma)
– Sleeping pills – Lunesta, Ambien, Sonata
– Benzodiazepines – Xanax, Valium, Dalmane, Ativan
– Parkinson’s disease – atropine, scopolamine, glycopyrrolate
– Antibiotics (quinolones)
– Barbiturates – Nembutal, Amytal, Phenobarbital, Seconal
– Antipsychotics – Mellaril, Haldol
– Chemotherapy drugs
– Tricyclic antidepressants
When you are using some of these drugs you should definitely consult your doctor if they affect your memory in some way and always try to find some better options or different medications. However, if you have to use them, take some proactive steps to reduce the load on the brain.