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20 Prescription Drugs That Cause Memory Loss
Here is a list of medications known to have memory loss as a possible side effect:
- for Parkinson's — scopolamine, atropine, glycopyrrolate
- for Epilepsy — phenytoin or Dilantin
- painkillers — heroin, morphine, codeine
- sleeping pills — Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata
- benzodiazepines — Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Dalmane
- antibiotics (quinolones)
- high blood pressure drugs
- beta blockers (especially those used for glaucoma)
- antipsychotics — Haldol, Mellaril
- tricyclic antidepressants
- barbiturates — Amytal, Nembutal, Seconal, phenobarbital
- chemotherapy drugs
Not all medications that cause memory loss are “prescription only.”
Many popular over-the-counter (OTC) drugs cause memory loss by the same mechanism — by blocking the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
Here are some popular OTC remedies that are anticholinergic:
- Advil PM (pain and sleep)
- Benadryl (for allergies)
- Claritin (for allergies)
- Dramamine (for motion sickness)
- Excedrin PM (for pain and insomnia)
- Nytol (for insomnia)
- Pepcid AC (acid reflux)
- Sominex (for insomnia)
- Tagamet (acid reflux)
- Tylenol PM (for pain and insomnia)
- Unisom (for insomnia)
- Zantac (acid reflux)
Long term use was not required. Memory loss from these remedies was noticeable in as little as 60 days.
This is bad news for the millions of people who rely on diphenhydramine — the generic name for Benadryl — for allergies, colds, and insomnia.
Many OTC products for treating allergies, colds, cough, sinus problems, skin irritations, insomnia, headache, and pain contain diphenhydramine.
You can find a complete list of OTC medicines that contain diphenhydramine at Drugs.com.