10 Drugs That May Cause Memory Loss

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Memory not like it used to be? Check your medicine cabinet for commonly prescribed prescriptions that may cause memory loss.

Memory not like it used to be? Check your medicine cabinet for commonly prescribed prescriptions that may cause memory loss.

Think memory loss is just an inevitable part of aging? Scientists would disagree.

Granted, there are behaviors that may lead to memory loss, such as alcohol and drug abuse, severe stress, and sleep deprivation, as well as diseases such as stroke, depression, and Alzheimer’s. There is, however, another culprit that can impair memory and it’s hiding in your medicine cabinet. Many commonly prescribed drugs can actually interfere with memory, reports AARP in the article 10 Drugs That May Cause Memory Loss by Dr. Armon Neel Jr.

The top 10 offenders are as follows: antianxiety drugs, cholesterol-lowering drugs, antiseizure drugs, antidepressant drugs, narcotic painkillers, Parkinson’s drugs, hypertension drugs, and sleeping aids.

Read the entire article for examples of these drugs, why they are prescribed, how they cause memory loss, and alternatives – if any – to taking each drug.