Prescription drugs are responsible for more than 100,000 deaths and lead to over 1.5 cases of hospitalized people who experienced severe side effects. Adverse drug reactions are the top leading reason for death in the United States. Every prescription drug carries some risk, but one of the most common side-effects is memory loss.
3 Types of Medications That Cause Memory Loss
Any prescription drug falls into one of the three categories which are known to cause memory loss and many cognitive problems:
1. The “Anti” Drugs
Every drug that starts with “anti” including antidepressants, antihistamines, antipsychotics, antispasmodics, antibiotics, or antihypertensive will affect your acetylcholine level.
The primary neurotransmitter involved in learning and memory is acetylcholine. When there is a low level of acetylcholine, the following conditions may occur delirium, mental confusion, blurred vision, hallucinations, memory loss, and dementia.
2. Sleeping Pills
Sleeping pills are notorious for their potential to cause memory loss.
Ambien, the popular drug was claimed to be “the amnesia drug” because those who use it experience sleepwalking, night terrors, hallucinations and sleep-driving.
It is found that sleeping pills can cause a state similar to being drunk or being in a coma. So, people who use these pills do not experience the restorative sleep the brain needs in order to maintain and repair itself.
However, there are many other ways to fall asleep than using sleeping pills.