Unfortunately, drug addiction is the leading cause of death in the United States. Prescription drugs cause more than 100,000 deaths and 1.5 million hospitalizations each year due to serious side effects.
The following three types of drugs can cause many cognitive problems, including memory loss.
Sleeping pills often affect your memory and make you feel comatose or drunk. Therefore, they do not restore the sleep the body needs to repair itself.
For example, the popular drug Ambien is known as the “oral pill” because it can cause hallucinations, night terrors, insomnia, insomnia, and driving.
These drugs are the most harmful to our brain and are used to control cholesterol levels. Because the brain has ¼ cholesterol to think, remember and learn. However, it causes memory loss and similar effects.
Antihistamines, antibiotics, antidepressants, antipsychotics, antispasmodics, and antihypertensives can affect the body’s production of acetylcholine, a key neurotransmitter needed for memory and learning.
Low levels can cause blurred vision, memory loss, dementia, delirium, confusion, and hallucinations.
Richard S. Mohs, former vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, compiled a list of 20 medications that can affect memory.
Prescription drugs – Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata
Analgesics: morphine, codeine, heroin.
Epilepsy – dilantin or phenytoin
Barbiturates – Nembutal, phenobarbital, seconal, amytal.
Antipsychotic drugs – Mellaril, Haldol.
Parkinson’s disease – atropine, glycopyrrolate, scopolamine
Benzodiazepines – Canax, Valium, Dalman, Ativan.
a beta blocker
High blood pressure medications
If you are taking these medications, ask your doctor if they affect your memory. You can always find healthier alternatives, or at least other medications or lifestyle options.
Be more active, take supplements, and eat brain-healthy foods to reduce brain stress.
In general, to stay alert and healthy, you need to keep your brain healthy.