These Drugs Can Cause Alzheimer and Memory Loss, Beware of Their Side Effects
While for a long time aging, memory and mental confusion were not considered part of the same problem by doctors, scientists proved not that they are connected, but also that they are a common process of aging.
Our brain has around 100 billion neurons, and it keeps generating new ones. However, there are external factors like smoking, alcohol and drugs, which, if they are combined with stress, deficiency of some vitamins and brain injuries such as strokes can produce several problems in our nervous system, leading to Alzheimer’s disease and depression.
But these are not the only factors which could harm your memory; there are many drugs (even ones that are prescribing) that were linked with these kinds of diseases.
We will show you now a list of some of these drugs that can be harmful for your memory.
Often prescribed to combat tension, convulsions, anxiety, delirium, muscle spasms benzodiazepines are powerful sedatives which are used to treat anxiety and insomnia, commonly connected with depression.
Statins are used to control high cholesterol levels. But, in order to low these, they can affect numerous neurological processes such as memorization and learning, functions that need these lipids to work correctly.
Anticonvulsants work to treat bipolar disorders, seizures, obsessions and mood disorders by blocking the flow of signals from the central nervous system to the brain. This helps with seizures, but it can also harm your memory.
Many major depressive disorders like depression, eating disorders and anxiety disorders, and other conditions such as obsessive compulsive disorders, hormonal problems and chronic pain are treated with antidepressants. These drugs block the actions of serotonin and norepinephrine, the body’s chemical messengers.
Painkillers are used to reduce the severe pain caused by chronic conditions. They work by blocking the transmission of the pain in the brain and also reducing the emotional response to the injury.
Sleeping pills are sedative hypnotics that are prescribed to people with sleeping disorders, from mild ones to severe ones. They are different from benzodiazepines in their molecular composition.
However, they have many contraindications, as they use the same routes and chemical messengers in the central nervous system, producing the same effect of addiction as in the case of benzodiazepines. They are also known for producing memory lost and to cause dangerous behaviors. People taking sleeping pills should not be allowed to drive, for example.
These drugs are used for many purposes, for example, to treat anxiety and insomnia, but mainly to relieve colds, nausea, allergies, vomiting and dizziness.
The acetylcholine is a chemical messenger which is involved in lots of physiological processes. The function of antihistamines is to inhibit the production of this neurotransmitter, which can affect your memory and learning centers, resulting in memory loss.
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