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Are Your Medications Killing Your Brain? Top 25 Worst Offenders

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Most people do not realize that many drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter medications, have a tremendous effect on their memory. Every single medication carries some type of risk, and memory loss is a very common one; however, you won’t often see it mentioned.

One of the primary neurotransmitters involved with memory and learning is called acetylcholine. When our bodies are low in this neurotransmitter we become forgetful and easily confused.  It’s no wonder that acetylcholine deficiencies are associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s. In fact, this is the target of Alzheimer’s drugs — to block the further breakdown of acetylcholine.

Medications that block the action of acetylcholine are called anti-cholinergic drugs. Common side effects of anti-cholinergic drugs are:

  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness or light headedness
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Difficulty in urination
  • Incoherent speech
  • Hallucinations
  • Brain fog
  • Delirium
  • Memory loss

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