1. Sleeping Pills
Sleeping pills force you into a completely unconscious state, similar to a coma, which is not how natural sleep works. Sleeping pills do not cause your brain to start the restorative sleeping patterns it needs to stay healthy; on the contrary, they skip them.
2. Statin pills
The statins are a class of cholesterol medications that are specifically designed to target the HMG-CoA enzyme, which is related to most heart diseases.
That’s why most people would never believe that they can impair your brain function at all. However, because your brain is made up of ¼ of cholesterol that is vital to your thinking and learning, cholesterol medications can affect the normal operation of your brain. If you happen to hold a bottle of statins in your hand, check the inscriptions for the warning label that says “it may cause memory loss”.
3. “Anti” Pills
Almost every medication whose label carries the prefix anti- (antibiotics, antihypertensives, antihistamines, antipsychotics, antidepressants etc.) are known to directly interfere with the acetylcholine levels in your brain.
Because it is one of the most important neurotransmitters related to your learning and retention, insufficient acetylcholine can lead to a number of serious health conditions, like hallucinations, mental fog, delirium, forgetfulness, blurred vision, and dementia.
4. Other pills that cause memory loss
According to Richard C. Mohs, Ph.D. of the Department of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, the following pharmaceuticals are known to lead to memory loss:
- antibiotics (quinolones)
- sleeping pills (Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata)
- chemotherapy pills
- pain pills
- Parkinson’s medications (scopolamine, atropine, glycopyrrolate)
- blood pressure pills
- beta blockers (especially those used for glaucoma)
- heroin, morphine,codeine
- tricyclic antidepressants
- barbiturates (Amytal, Nembutal, Seconal, phenobarbital)
- antipsychotics ( Haldol, Mellaril)
- benzodiazepines ( Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Dalmane)
- epilepsy drugs( phenytoin or Dilantin)