Warning: Taking One of These Medications Can Cause Permanent Memory Loss
According to some statistics, prescription medications lead to more than 100.000 mortalities each year. In addition, more than one million people have to deal with side effects that are so intense that they usually have to visit local hospitals.
In other words, every drug we take comes with certain risks to our health, but not many people know that the side effects of prescription drugs are among the top 5 causes of death in the United States.
When it comes to side effects, memory loss is definitely among the most frequent ones. But, it is good to point out that if you try to learn more about the drugs you take, you will be able to protect yourself and avoid side effects.
The fact is that most prescription drugs can be categorized into three distinct groups of drugs related to memory loss and other similar problems.
Sleeping pills that are prescribed to patients for different reasons, have the ability to create similar effects known to people when they are extremely drunk or even when they are in a coma and they also don’t provide the regenerative sleeping pattern that we need. In addition, they were linked to memory loss too.
Finally, the famous Ambien drug, used by thousands of Americans, often called amnesia drug, is associated with nightmares, hallucinations, sleep driving and walking.
Drugs that have anti in their name like antipsychotics, antidepressants, antibiotics, antihistamines or antispasmodics will most likely have an impact on the acetylcholine presence in the body.
For those who didn’t know, acetylcholine is the most important neurotransmitter linked to learning abilities and memory. If the body has low level of acetylcholine people can experience things like memory loss, poor vision, mental confusion, hallucinations or even delirium.
Statin drugs are used for reduction of cholesterol levels, but they seem to produce very negative effects for the brain. ¼ of the brain consists of cholesterol and this compound is very important for learning, memory and thinking. So, drugs that focus on lowering cholesterol levels provide negative effects to the brain.
That’s why statin drugs manufacturers now must point out this side effect on the label.
Finally, these 20 drugs have been associated with memory loss too.
After a thorough research, Richard C. Mohs, who was once working as one of the top scientists at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, created a list of 20 medications which were associated with memory loss in many people who have used them. This is the list he has created:
- Ambien, Sonata, Lunesta and other sleeping pills
- medications used in the treatment of hypertension
- Codeine, morphine, heroin and other painkillers
- Drugs used during chemotherapy
- Medications used in cases of Parkinson’s disease – glycopyrrolate, atropine and scopolamine
- Mellaril, Haldol and other antipsychotics
- Beta blockers
- Dilantin or phenytoin, medications used for epilepsy
- Seconal, Nembutal, Amytal, Phenobarbital and other barbiturates
- Antidepressants (tricyclic)
- Dalmane, Ativan, Xanax, Valium and other benzodiazepines.