Unfortunately, the leading cause of death in the United States is drug side effects. Prescription drugs cause more than 100,000 deaths and more than 1.5 million hospitalizations for side effects each year.
The following three types of prescription drugs can lead to many cognitive problems, including memory loss.
Sleeping pills often cause memory loss and induce a state similar to coma or intoxication. Therefore, they do not restore the sleep that the body needs to repair itself.
For example, the popular drug Ambien is known as the “fainting drug” because it can cause hallucinations, night terrors, sleepwalking, and sleep-driving.
These drugs are among the most damaging to the brain and are used to control cholesterol levels. This is due to the fact that ¼ of the brain consists of cholesterol, which is necessary for thinking, memory and learning. However, they can cause memory loss and similar side effects.
Antihistamines, antibiotics, antidepressants, antipsychotics, antispasmodics, and antihypertensives all affect the body’s acetylcholine, a key neurotransmitter necessary for memory and learning.
Low levels can cause blurred vision, memory loss, dementia, delirium, mental confusion, and hallucinations.
Richard S. Mohs, former vice chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, has compiled the following list of 20 memory-impairing drugs.
Sleeping pills – Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata
Painkillers – morphine, codeine, heroin
Epilepsy – Dilantin or phenytoin
Barbiturates – Nembutal, Phenobarbital, Seconal, Amytal
Antipsychotic drugs – Mellaril, Haldol
Parkinson’s disease – atropine, glycopyrrolate, scopolamine
Benzodiazepines – Xanax, Valium, Dalmane, Ativan
Medicines for high blood pressure
If you are taking these medications, you should check with your doctor to see if they affect your memory. You can always find a healthier alternative, or at least a different medication or lifestyle change.
To reduce brain stress, you need to be more active, take supplements, and eat brain-friendly foods.
In general, to stay sharp and healthy, you need to maintain brain health.