Prescription drugs are responsible for more than 100 000 deaths every year and for the hospitalization of about 1.5 million people due to the side-effects they cause. Numerous drugs are not properly tested before becoming available for the public because they get approved before their patent runs out.
One of the side-effects of these medications is memory loss as well as other severe cognitive problems.
The most harmful drugs are listed below and they are separated into three categories:
- Statin drugs
Statin drugs are used to lower cholesterol and there have been numerous cases where they caused memory loss. The FDA only recently started monitoring of these medications and their effects.
They can also affect your ability to focus and also cause the feeling that you have forgotten something.
- Sleeping pills
Sleeping pills can cause both short and long-term memory loss. All sleeping pills affect the performance and memory no matter what kind they are.
They affect the brain cell potentials and they reduce vigilance, judgment and alertness.
There are types of sleeping pills that could even cause “black out”. This “black out” is similar to when someone drinks too much alcohol and has trouble remembering some things that happened.
All medications starting with the word “anti” that include antidepressants, antibiotics, antipsychotics, antispasmodics, antihypertensives, antihistamines, etc.
These so called “anti” drugs inhibit the activity of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter responsible for the memory and cognitive function.
Some of these drugs can be easily bought since they are non-prescription, and if taken in large doses they can cause even more serious and complicated health problems.
These are the 20 most harmful medications that could cause memory loss:
- Drugs for high blood pressure
- Painkillers: heroin, morphine, codeine
- For Parkinson’s- glycopyrrolate, atropine, or scopolamine
- Sleeping pills
- Chemotherapy drugs
- Drugs for epilepsy- Dilantin and phenytoin
The medications from the list above cause different memory loss symptoms including the following:
- Difficulties with following directions
- Asking same questions more times
- Mood swings and changes in behavior
- Getting lost
- Forgetting words
Consult your doctor if you frequently experience some of these symptoms.
Some of the side-effects could be treated and the symptoms could fade away if you stop using the medications or at least change the therapy on time.
However, following a healthy diet and leading a healthy lifestyle by being active and positive are the best ways to prevent needing these drugs in the first place.