Are you aware of the fact that a strikingly high number of people experience premature death due to prescription drugs every year? Sadly, this is the reality. According to studies’ findings, the estimated number of deaths due to prescription drugs is more than 100,000 people annually. In addition, approximately 1.5 million people are being hospitalized per year due to the side-effects caused by these drugs.
This can be explained by the fact that various drugs are approved before their patent expires, and as a result are not properly tested, which further leads to the occurrence of various health problems in those who use them.
What is really disturbing is the fact that there are certain drugs that can have quite serious side-effects and cause severe damage to the brain tissue and lead to memory loss. Such drugs, capable of causing severe cognitive problems, are divided into three separate categories:
- Statin Drugs
Cholesterol-lowering drugs have been repeatedly shown to cause memory impairment. What’s more is that even the FDA has recommended monitoring of the use of these drugs.
It has been found that these drugs can make the person who’s using them unable to concentrate and feeling confused and forgetful.
- Sleeping Pills
This type of drugs is also considered to be one of the culprits of short-term and long-term memory loss. As research shows, all types of sleeping medications diminish memory and cognitive performance to some extent.
These medications were shown to inhibit the action potentials of various brain cells and reduce judgement, alertness and vigilance. There are also some sleeping pills that may lead to a state known as “blacking out”, a temporary loss of vision, consciousness, or memory, which also happens as a result of damaged brain cells due to excessive, uncontrollable alcohol consumption.
- “Anti” Drugs
All these drugs beginning with the prefix “anti-”, such as antibiotics, antihistamines, antidepressants, antihypertensives, antispasmodics, antipsychotics, and other similar drugs, can lead to memory loss. These drugs are regarded as the most damaging in terms of one’s memory, because they impair the activity of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, responsible for the cognitive function and memory.
Unfortunately, there are many such drugs that are easily available over the counter. If these are taken in inappropriate dosages, they can give rise to numerous, serious health issues.
Here’s a list of 20 medications that may cause memory loss:
- Sleeping pills;
- Painkillers, such as morphine, heroin and codeine;
- High blood pressure medications;
- Epilepsy drugs (Dilantin and phenytoin);
- Chemotherapy drugs;
- Medications for Parkinson’s disease (glycopyrrolate, scopolamine, or atropine)
The above-mentioned medications may lead to the occurrence of manifold symptoms of memory loss, such as the following:
- Trouble following directions;
- Repeatedly asking same questions;
- Behaviour changes and mood swings;
- Getting lost;
- Forgetting words.
Provided that you have frequently experienced at least some of the above-mentioned symptoms, you should immediately consult your healthcare provider and change your treatment.
Luckily, the side-effects caused by prescription drugs may have a temporary effect only and disappear without leaving any long-term damage if their use is quit on time. Nevertheless, the best option to avoid the use of these drugs altogether is to embrace a healthy lifestyle, consume healthy and nutritious foods high in brain-boosting nutrients, be active and always think positively!
We sincerely hope that you liked this article and that you have become aware of the dangers of using prescription drugs. So, from now on, we implore you to do your best to avoid their consumption and thus preserve your overall health.