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Friday, February 7, 2014

10 Drugs That May Cause Memory Loss

For a long time doctors dismissed forgetfulness and mental confusion as a normal part of aging

But scientists now know that memory loss as you get older is by no means inevitable. Indeed, the brain can grow new brain cells and reshape their connections throughout life.

Most people are familiar with at least some of the things that can impair memory, including alcohol and drug abuse, heavy cigarette smoking, head injuries, stroke, sleep deprivation, severe stress, vitamin B12 deficiency, and illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease and depression.

Are you having trouble remembering things? One of these meds may be the problem

1.  Antianxiety drugs (Benzodiazepines)
2.  Cholesterol-lowering drugs (Statins)
3.  Antiseizure drugs
4.  Antidepressant drugs (Tricyclic antidepressants)
5.  Narcotic painkillers
6.  Parkinson's drugs (Dopamine agonists)
7.  Hypertension drugs (Beta-blockers)
8.  Sleeping aids (Nonbenzodiazepine sedative-hypnotics)
9.  Incontinence drugs (Anticholinergics)
10. Antihistamines (First-generation)

Find out how each of these drugs can cause memory loss - along with alternatives at AARP.ORG

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