10 Drugs That May Cause Memory Loss

10 Drugs That May Cause Memory Loss

There are actually over 100 different drugs you may be prescribed that cause memory loss. But for right now, let’s focus on ten categories of drugs instead of 10 actual drugs so you can more easily find information on them later. Sound fair?

Category #1: Antihistamines

Antihistamines? You might have thought they were harmless… but they may not be. Clarinex, Periactin and Astelin and a lot of others may impair your memory, thinking speed, and decision making. The next time you take them, notice any changes in brain function. Diabetics may be put on these drugs, so beware.

Category #2: Sedatives

Ambien is advertised widely on television, but you never hear that it could impair your judgment, reasoning, and memory. Always make a point to learn about possible side effects associated with the medication you take, so you can watch out for any that may affect you. 

Category #3: Steroids

If you’re a diabetic, you may at one time or another be prescribed a steroid. Consider its use carefully. Prednisone, cortisone and hydrocortisone as well as many others may interfere with your ability to think and remember.

Category #4: Benzodiazepines

Ativan, Restoril, and Klonopin may calm you down, but the fact is that they may interfere with your cognitive abilities. Is it worth it? If you don’t have your brain power, how good could you possibly feel?

Category #5: H2 Antagonists

Bet you never expected this one! Tagamet, Axid and Pepcid do might do more than calm an upset stomach –  they could also be affecting your memory and brainpower.

Category #6: Antibiotics

Who would have ever imagined that an antibiotic could be so destructive to the brain? The fact is that it’s not all antibiotics but rather the ones ending in –floxacin could interfere with your ability to think. Diabetics may be prescribed these drugs.

Category #7: Opiates and pain killers

Sure, you aren’t taking street opiates but the unfortunate truth is that today’s pharmaceutical painkillers are just as addictive – and the pharma companies know it! Dilaudid, Talwin, Ultracet, Fiorinal, Percodan. Plus, Tylenol, Lortab and others have already been linked to cognitive impairment.

Category #8: Tricyclic Antidepressants

If you’re on these, watch out – cognitive impairment could be right around the corner. Funny isn’t it that depression is a sign of cognitive impairment, yet the drugs given for it may also potentially cause further cognitive dysfunctions?

Category #9: Parkinson’s Disease Drugs

Likewise, a brain disease such as Parkinson’s can’t afford to have additional cognitive impairments added to it. But that’s a possible side effect when the patient takes Cogentin, Tasmar, Parlodel, Comtan or Eldepryl.

Category #10: Anticonvulsants

It’s bad enough having seizures but then to find out that the medication you have to take is associated with further cognitive impairments – this is a horrible revelation. Celebyx, Neurontin, Lamictal, Ativan, Dilantin, Lyrica, Mysoline, Klonopin, and Tegretol are only a few of these drugs associated with causing cognitive deficits.

Give this topic some serious thought. Either you want total control over your brain in the older years or you don’t. There are alternatives.