Adverse drug reactions are now the fourth leading cause of death in the US. (3)
Every medication carries some risks and memory loss is a very common side effect.
The 3 Types of Prescription Drugs That Harm Your Memory
If you are taking any prescription medication, the odds are that it falls into one of these three categories of drugs known to cause memory loss and other cognitive problems:
The “Anti” Drugs
If you take a drug that starts with “anti,” such as antihistamines, antidepressants, antipsychotics, antibiotics, antispasmodics, or antihypertensives, it’s likely that it will affect your acetylcholine levels.
Acetylcholine is the primary neurotransmitter involved with memory and learning.
When you’re low in acetylcholine, you become forgetful. You can’t concentrate or think of the right word.
Acetylcholine deficiencies are associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Acetylcholine activity is the target of Alzheimer’s drugs, which block the breakdown of this brain chemical.
Drugs that block the action of acetylcholine are known as anticholinergic.
Common side effects of anticholinergic drugs include: (4)
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth
- Difficulty starting and continuing to urinate
- Loss of bladder control
Prescription sleeping pills are notorious for causing memory loss.
The popular drug Ambien has been coined by some as “the amnesia drug.”
Some users experience night terrors, sleep walking, sleep driving, and hallucinations.
Prescription sleeping pills have been found to put you in a state similar to being passed out drunk or in a coma while bypassing the restorative sleep your brain needs. (6)
There are much better ways to get to sleep!
According to Drs. Bowden and Sinatra in their book The Great Cholesterol Myth, these cholesterol-lowering medications might just be the single worst group of drugs for your brain.
Memory loss is now required to be listed as a side effect on the label.
One-quarter of your brain is made up of cholesterol. Cholesterol is necessary for memory, learning, and fast thinking.
So it is not a total surprise that cholesterol-lowering drugs negatively effect the brain.
Learn why taking statins might not be in your best interest, and how to talk to your doctor about getting off them in The Connection Between Statins and Memory Loss.
20 Prescription Drugs That Cause Memory Loss
Here is a list of medications known to have memory loss as a possible side effect:
- 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
- antibiotics (quinolones)
- high blood pressure drugs
- beta blockers (especially those used for glaucoma)
- antipsychotics — Haldol, Mellaril
- tricyclic antidepressants
- barbiturates — Amytal, Nembutal, Seconal, phenobarbital
- chemotherapy drugs
This list was assembled by Richard C. Mohs, Ph.D., former vice chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. (7)
12 Popular Over-the-Counter Medications That Cause Memory Loss
Not all medications that cause memory loss are “prescription only.”
Many popular over-the-counter (OTC) drugs cause memory loss by the same mechanism — by blocking the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
- Advil PM (pain and sleep)
- Benadryl (for allergies)
- Claritin (for allergies)
- Dramamine (for motion sickness)
- Excedrin PM (for pain and insomnia)
- Nytol (for insomnia)
- Pepcid AC (acid reflux)
- Sominex (for insomnia)
- Tagamet (acid reflux)
- Tylenol PM (for pain and insomnia)
- Unisom (for insomnia)
- Zantac (acid reflux)
Long term use was not required. Memory loss from these remedies was noticeable in as little as 60 days. (13)
Many OTC products for treating allergies, colds, cough, sinus problems, skin irritations, insomnia, headache, and pain contain diphenhydramine.
You can find a complete list of OTC medicines that contain diphenhydramine at Drugs.com.
What You Can Do Next
Are you taking any of these prescription medications? Do you believe they are affecting your memory?
Then we recommend following the advice of Armon B. Neel.
He is a geriatric pharmacist who has devoted his career to guiding health professionals and older adults in the appropriate use of medication.
He writes AARP’s “Ask a Pharmacist” column and is the author of Are Your Prescriptions Killing You?
If you take medications you suspect are causing cognitive problems, here are the steps he recommends you take:
- Take inventory of what you are taking. Write down every medication, dosage, and when you started taking it.
- Talk to your doctor about what you are taking, how much you are taking, and why you are taking it. If you have more than one physician, have this conversation with each of them.
- Ask if there are any non-drug approaches you can take instead. Find out the consequences of stopping any medication.
- If there are any medications that can be eliminated, discuss a plan for getting off them and follow the plan.
- You should always get all your medications filled by the same pharmacy. Talk to your pharmacist about your regime to make sure there are no known interactions.
- Enlist the help of a consultant or geriatric pharmacist. You can find one in your area at American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.
Then use the lifestyle advice you find here on our website.
Even if you have to stay on your medication, you can lessen the load on your brain by taking proactive steps such as eating a brain-healthy diet, getting the physical exercise your brain needs, and taking the right brain supplements.
Give your brain the healthiest possible environment to stay mentally sharp in spite of your medications.
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