Beware: 20 Medications That Cause Memory Loss

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

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20 Meds That Cause Memory Loss

To help keep you informed on the risk of these prescription meds (or drugs), here is a list of medications known to have memory loss as a side effect (6):

  • for Parkinson’s — scopolamine, atropine, glycopyrrolate
  • for epilepsy — phenytoin or Dilantin
  • painkillers — heroin, morphine, codeine
  • sleeping pills — Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata
  • benzodiazepines — Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Dalmane
  • quinidine
  • naproxen
  • steroids
  • antibiotics (quinolones)
  • antihistamines
  • interferons
  • high blood pressure drugs
  • insulin
  • beta blockers (especially those used for glaucoma)
  • methyldopa
  • antipsychotics — Haldol, Mellaril
  • tricyclic antidepressants
  • lithium
  • barbiturates — Amytal, Nembutal, Seconal, phenobarbital
  • chemotherapy drugs

Alternative Solutions

If you are on any of the drugs listed above or find yourself exhibiting any signs of memory loss, such as (7):

  • Asking the same questions repeatedly
  • Forgetting common words when speaking
  • Getting lost
  • Undergoing sudden changes in mood or behavior, or
  • Having difficulty following directions

Then it may be time to discuss finding a new form of treatment with your doctor. The good news is that often these side effects are temporary and will lessen and eventually stop once the medication is removed.

So, the sooner you start making healthier lifestyle choices to improve your health, the faster you can get off these detrimental meds. Eat a diet rich in brain-boosting nutrients, stay active and focus on positive thoughts!