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Stop Utilizing These Medicines- They Lead To Memory Loss

Numerous people suffer from memory loss, that interferes with their daily life regardless if it is occasional forgetfulness or loss of short-term memory.

Memory loss can be a result of many causes, including illnesses, depression, stress, sleep deprivation, drug use, alcohol abuse, smoking, injuries, and nutritional deficiencies.

However, memory loss can be also caused by the use of certain medications, like sleeping pills, antidepressants, antihistamines, anti-anxiety medications, painkillers, muscle relaxants, and tranquilizers.

Nowadays, experts maintain that the memory loss can be avoided since the brain is able to grow new cells.

Some prescription medicines might be the reason for your memory loss, as many of them provoke various cognitive issues. Actually, they fall into three categories, statin drugs, prescribed to lower cholesterol, sleeping pills, and  ‘anti’ drugs, like antihistamines, antibiotics, antidepressants, antihypertensive, antispasmodic, and antipsychotic drugs, that have an effect on the levels of acetylcholine in the body, and block its effects.

The most common side-effects of these anticholinergic drugs include blurred vision, constipation, dry mouth, confusion, difficulties to urinate, bladder control loss, and lightheartedness.

Therefore, the ex-vice-chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, Richard C Mohs, compiled a list of 20 medicines that are the main culprits for memory loss:

  • Insulin
  • Steroid
  • Antidepressant – Vivactil, Pamelor, Surmontil, Elavil, Norpramin, Anafranil
  • Lithium
  • Antihistamine – Benadryl, Tavist, Clistin, Vistaril, Dimetane
  • Sleeping pill – Ambien, Sonata, Lunesta
  • Barbiturates – Phenobarbital, Nembutal, Seconal and Amytal
  • Methyldopa
  • Quinidine
  • Naproxen
  • Benzodiazepine – Ativan, Restoril Xanax, Dalmane, Valium, Doral, Librium, Klonopin, Versed.
  • Antibiotics (quinolone)
  • Painkillers – morphine, codeine, and heroin.
  • Interferon
  • High blood pressure drugs
  • Beta-blockers
  • Parkinson’s disease – atropine. glycopyrrolate and scopolamine
  • Antipsychotic – Mellaril and Haldol.
  • Epilepsy drugs– Dilantin and Phenytoin
  • Chemotherapy drugs

Sometimes, memory loss might be caused by over-the-counter medicines, that also block the action of the acetylcholine neurotransmitter. These include:

  1. Excedrin PM (pain and insomnia)
  2. Dramamine (motion sickness)
  3. Sominex (insomnia)
  4. Zantac (acid reflux)
  5. Tylenol PM (pain and insomnia)
  6. Tagamet (acid reflux)
  7. Nytol (insomnia)
  8. Claritin (allergy)
  9. Benadryl (allergies)
  10. Unisom (insomnia)
  11. Advil PM ( pain and sleep)
  12. Pepcid Ac (acid reflux)

To boost the function of the brain, and prevent memory loss, you should follow the tips below:

-- Do not stop learning- never. Regularly do some mentally stimulating activities, play bridge, do crossword puzzles, start learning a new language, read, etc.

-You need to sleep well and make a healthy and sound sleep your priority.

-Organize yourself. Make to-do lists, plan your activities, write down notes, and write your future events in a calendar.

-- Be physically active

-Spend time with the ones you love and enjoy the time with.

-- Eat a healthy, balanced diet

-- Take supplements

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