Many people take different medications for different reasons. A lot of those medications have serious side effects that may put people in the hospital. More than 1000,000 deaths are caused by prescribed medications every year. In the United States the drug side effect reaction is the fourth leading cause of death.
The most common side effect is the loss of memory. You need to be aware of what kind of medications you take in order to prevent this problem and protect your health.
Here you can read about the drugs that can cause memory loss or cognitive problems. The drugs are separated into three categories which are:
• Sleeping pills
They produce the coma effect or the feeling of being passed out after too much drinking. They act on the brain and restore the sleep. But they are those kinds of pills that can cause memory loss.
The amnesia drug, known as Ambien, is proven to cause night terrors, sleep driving, hallucinations and sleep walking.
• Staten drugs
These drugs are being used to lower the levels of cholesterol, but they can do a lot of harm to the brain. ¼ of the brain consists of cholesterol. The part of the brain that is most concerned is the one needed for thinking, learning and memory. The drugs are affecting the brain and lowering the cholesterol. Therefore this can cause memory loss.
• Anti drugs
All medications starting with anti are affecting the acetylcholine levels. Those medications are antihypertensive, antidepressants, antispasmodics, antipsychotics, antibiotics and antihistamines.
These levels affect the neurotransmitters connected to the learning and memory. The lack of these levels can cause dementia, hallucinations, blurred vision, delirium, memory loss and mental confusion.
You can see a list of 20 drugs that can cause memory loss as well:
• for treating high blood pressure
• sleeping pills like Sonata, Lunesta and Ambien
• insulin
• chemotherapy drugs
• painkillers
• antibiotics such as quinolones
• methyldopa
• for treating Parkinson`s disease, glycopyrrolate, atropine and scopolamine
• steroids
• lithium
• antipsychotics like Haldol and Mellaril
• beta blockers for treating glaucoma
• barbiturates like Phenobarbital, Amytal, Seconal and Nembutal
• ticyclic antidepressants
• benzodiazepines, Xanax, Dalmane, Valium and Ativan
• Interferon
• epilepsy drugs Dilanitin and Phenytoin
• Antihistamines
• Naproxen
• Quinidine