We all need to know about the side effects of what we put in our body, but for those of us who have elderly parents, clients or relatives, we need to be pro-active and make sure that we learn all about the medications that are prescribed for ourselves and our loved ones so that we are not creating a future situation for either of us.
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20 Drugs Known to Lead to Memory Loss
The following list of medications can cause memory loss as a potential side-effect:
- Parkinson’s disease – atropine, scopolamine, glycopyrrolate
- Painkillers – morphine, heroin, codeine
- Epilepsy – Dilantin or phenytoin
- Sleeping pills – Lunesta, Ambien, Sonata
- Benzodiazepines – Xanax, Valium, Dalmane, Ativan
- Antibiotics (quinolones)
- High blood pressure drugs
- Beta blockers (especially those for glaucoma)
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Antipsychotics – Mellaril, Haldol
- Chemotherapy drugs
- Barbiturates – Nembutal, Amytal, Phenobarbital, Seconal
This list was composed by Richard C. Mohs, former vice chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
What to Do?
When using some of these drugs, consult your doctor if they affect your memory in some way. Try to find some better options, different medications or just try to change your lifestyle habits.
Take some proactive steps to reduce the load on your brain such as practicing some physical exercise, brain-healthy diet or take some brain supplements.
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