Top 3 TYPES of Drugs That Cause Memory Loss

More than 100,000 deaths annually a caused by prescription drugs while 1.5 million people are experiencing their side-effects.

Currently, adverse drug reactions are the fourth leading cause of death among American citizens. Every drug comes with its own risk, out of which memory loss is the most common.



If you are taking any prescription drug, it is very likely that you fall into one of the three categories below, all of which are known to cause memory loss and other cognitive issues:


“Anti” drugs, including antidepressants, antibiotics, antispasmodics, antipsychotics, antihistamines, or antihypertensives, are known to affect the acetylcholine levels.

This neurotransmitter is related to memory functions and learning. Low acetylcholine levels cause symptoms like memory loss, hallucinations, delirium, mental confusion, and blurred vision.


Sleeping pills are well known for causing memory loss.  Ambien, which is used to treat insomnia and is one of the most popular sedatives, has been coined as “the amnesia drug”.  Some people experience sleep walking, hallucinations, sleep driving, and night terrors.

These drugs put the person in a state very similar to being passed out or drunk while bypassing the restorative sleep required by the brain.


Statin drus, used to lower cholesterol, are the worst group of drugs for the brain.  Manufacturers are required to list memory loss as a side effect on the label.

Given that a quarter of the brain is made of cholesterol, which is needed for learning, fast thinking, and memory,  the fact that statins have a negative impact on the brain doesn’t come as surprise.

Below you have a list of drugs which could potentially cause permanent damage to your memory loss. Check them out!

  • Scopolamine, atropine, glycopyrrolate ( for Parkinson`s disease)
  • Phenytoin or Dilantin ( for epilepsy)
  • Heroin, morphine, codeine ( painkillers)
  • Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Dalmane (benzodiazepines)
  • Interferons
  • High blood pressure drugs
  • Insulin
  • Beta blockers (especially those used for glaucoma)
  • Quinidine
  • Naproxen
  • Steroids
  • Amytal, Nembutal, Seconal, Phenobarbital (barbiturates)
  • Chemotherapy drugs
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Lithium

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