According to studies, prescription drugs are the reason for over 100 000 deaths every year, and nearly 1.5 million people end up in hospitals because of the severe side effects.
One of the reasons for this is that many of these drugs are rushed through approval before the drug’s patent runs out, leaving not enough time for adequate testing and causing a host of problems among the public.
Some of these drugs cause so severe side effects that they have been found to affect the brain tissue and cause memory loss. Here are the 3 categories known to cause memory loss and cognitive problems:
1. The ”Anti” drugs
The drugs which have a main role in causing memory loss are the ones called with “anti-“, such as antibiotics, antidepressants, antipsychotics, antispasmodics, antihistamines, antihypertensives, etc. These drugs inhibit the activity of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which has a role in memory and cognitive function.
Unfortunately, many of these drugs are available over the counter, therefore causing even further damage to those who have not had proper doses measured out for them.
2. Sleeping pills
The sleeping pills can cause long term memory loss, but also short-term memory loss. In fact, some researchers found that all sleeping pills are producing some level of impaired memory and performance. Sleeping pills suppress the action potentials of a wide variety of brain cells and reduce our alertness, vigilance, and judgment.
Some sleeping pills can cause a state similar to “blacking out” that occurs when some person has too much alcohol in the body and can’t remember previous situations due to damaged brain cells.
3. Statin drugs
Medications for lowering the cholesterol can cause memory loss, and this is proved by some studies. This is due to the fact that 1/4 of the brain is composed of cholesterol, needed for thinking, memory, and learning. Also, the FDA has recently begun to advise patients to monitor their use of these cholesterol-lowering medications. Statin drugs can cause to the person to feel like he/she forgets something, and feels unfocused in their thinking.
Richard C. Mohs, former vice chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, composed the following list which includes 20 drugs which cause memory loss:
- Drugs for high blood pressure
- Painkillers: heroin, codeine, morphine
- For Parkinson’s disease – glycopyrrolate, atropine, or scopolamine
- Sleeping pills
- Chemotherapy drugs
- For epilepsy – Dilantin and phenytoin
If you use some of these drugs above or find yourself exhibiting any signs of memory loss, such as:
- Getting lost
- Problems while following directions
- Asking same questions more times
- Forgetting words
- Changes in mood and behavior
What to do?
If you have some of these symptoms, it is time to visit your doctor in order to find another form of treatment. The side effects from these drugs are temporary and will disappear when you stop using that drugs.
So, the sooner you start making healthier lifestyle choices to improve your health, the faster you can get off these drugs. Eat a diet rich in brain-boosting nutrients, stay active and focus on positive thoughts!