A majority of Americans take prescriptions for insomna, arthritis, Fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, hypertension, and high choelesterol. Women are a huge consumer base for these drugs. These prescriptions may to some degree help ease these health problems but they do have side effects, as well. Memory, focus, and learning problems are only part of their side effects. When you combine drugs, these side effects are more concentrated and reactive. Each drug you add changes the effects of the others. In some cases this results in death. The drugs listed below are on the top of the list for causing memory, emotional, and cognitive disturbances. These drugs have serious physical side effects as well.When you add in hormonal desturbances to the side effects from the drugs, you may get debilitating side effects far worse than the warnngs. For this article I am concentrating on the memory and mental side effects.
Ambien, Lunestra, Sonata: One of better-known drugs for insomnia and sleeping problems. Serious mental side effects include: abnormal thinking; behavior changes; confusion; memory problems; hallucinations; mental or mood changes; depression that worsens; suicidal thoughts. There are physical side effects, as well.
Abilify: Prescribed for bipolar disorder; schizophrenia, major depression and autism. Side effects listed above for Ambien apply to Abilify. Abilify contains sugar. This drug may cause serious physical side effects including high blood sugar; birth problems and defects; in older seniors and in dementia conditions, it can cause heart failure, sudden death, and pneumonia. There is a long list of serious side effects that go with taking this drug.
Anticholinergic Drugs: The anticholinergic drugs inhibit acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter in the brain. There are many kinds of neurotransmitters which control brain function. Some neurotransmitters help you to be calm and others cause excitement. The different neurotransmitters contribute to balanced brain chemistry. Acetylcholine affects critical memory function and cognitive function.
Anticholinergic drugs include some high blood pressure drugs, asthma medications, Parkinson's disease and drugs used for incontinence (Detrol and Ditropan).
The American Academy of Neurology followed 870 older Catholic priests for nearly eight years. It was called the Religious Orders Study at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center. They administered tests to this group yearly to test brain and memory function. Those priests who took anticholinergic drugs were 50 percent slower on the tests than men the same age who didn't. This was after other risk factors were taken into account. Taking the drugs in this study did not show an increase in Alzheimer's dementia.
Effexor (Venlafaxine): An antidepressant used to treat severe depression; one of the serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors family of drugs. This drug has a page of possible side effects including serotonin syndrome or overproduction of serotonin; high blood pressure; low blood sodium; seizures; increase risk of bleeding; and the full range of mental symptoms that can worsen. Suicide is one of them. Birth defends are also possible. According to doctors, Effexor is listed as one of the top 10 drugs that impair memory function.
Hypertension Drugs: (atenolol (Tenormin), carvedilol (Coreg), metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol), propranolol (Inderal), sotalol (Betapace), timolol (Timoptic)
These drugs are commonplace since the AMA lowered the standards for high blood pressure. These drugs are given to patients to avoid high blood pressure instead of life style changes that are are safe and treat the main cause for the hypertension.
Xanax ( Niravam, Aprazolam): One of the common drugs prescribed to treat anxiety disorders. 5% to 33% of patients experience memory problems. It can cause all the same symptoms as the other drugs above.
Research your medication before you take it: There are no studies that can predict the side effects or their severity when taking combinations of drugs. Side effects are very individual. One patient may experience few side effects while another will suffer severe effects. Age, weight, immune function, and health are just four of the factors that influence your reaction to a drug. Generic drugs are not always identical to brand name drugs. If you begin to experience new symptoms or see your symptoms worsen, you need to call your doctor. You should research any medication you are taking. Visit several sites to see if there are new FDA warnings about your drug. After two or three years, drugs are often taken off the market. Their effects are not fully known for a number of years. This includes heart problems that take time to develop. If a large number of patients are complaining about serious problems, you need to heed the warnings.
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