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Medication can have an effect on your memory. This could be due to a specific drug or a drug's interaction with another. Never stop taking any medications without consulting your doctor first.
In this article I will be listing out drugs that can cause memory loss when taken excessively. So you have to find out whether there are any other drugs or treatments that can be used instead.
1. Drugs that reduce cholesterol.
High cholesterol levels can cause a hardening of the arteries in the body, increasing the risk of heart disease. People take cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) to prevent this.
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While statins lower harmful cholesterol levels in the blood, they can also lower levels in the brain, which are required for the creation of nerve cell connections.
2. Narcotic pain relievers.
Because narcotic medicines block pain signals by changing chemical messengers in the brain, they can impact memory.
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They have a knock-on impact, interfering with both long and short-term memory. If you have a condition like rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn's disease, this could be the case.
3. Anti-anxiety Medications.
These are medications that are used to treat agitation, delirium, and muscle spasms, among other symptoms of anxiety. They're sometimes used to treat depression and sleeplessness.
Antianxiety medicines (benzodiazepines) reduce activity in areas of the brain involved in memory transfer from short to long term.
4. Anti-seizure Medications.
These are usually taken to prevent seizures, but they can also be used to treat nerve pain, bipolar illness, and mood problems.
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They function by reducing seizure-inducing impulses in the central nervous system. They do, however, decrease memory-related signals.
Around 35% of persons taking tricyclic antidepressants say they have memory issues, and 54% say they have trouble concentrating. This is because the medications inhibit the activity of serotonin, a chemical messenger in the brain.
6. Sleeping pills.
In the way they work on chemical messengers in the brain, nonbenzodiazepine sedative hypnotics are comparable to antianxiety medications.
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Sleeping drugs can be addictive and induce forgetfulness, so talk to your doctor about gradually reducing your dose if your memory difficulties are getting worse.
7. Medications for High Blood Pressure.
Beta-blockers are commonly administered to people with excessive blood pressure in order to reduce their heart rate and lower their blood pressure. Chest aches, irregular heart rhythms, migraines, and some types of glaucoma are all possible side effects. This is because they act by preventing chemical messengers like norepinephrine and epinephrine from reaching the brain.
8. Incontinence Medications.
Incontinence medications are known as anticholinergics. They keep the muscles involved in urination from contracting involuntarily. Because acetylcholine is a crucial molecule for memory processing, it can be blocked, resulting in memory loss.
9. Drugs for Parkinson's Disease.
Drugs that activate dopamine signaling pathways, a brain messenger that helps with fine motor control. Dopamine agonists, which are used to treat Parkinson's disease, can produce confusion, memory loss, delusions, and drowsiness. People with restless legs syndrome are sometimes prescribed these medicines.
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