5 Medications That Could Be Making You Forgetful

Medications can cause a wide range of side effects—some unpleasant and others downright dangerous. 

"One of the more dangerous side effects which is often overlooked is forgetfulness,"  Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California.

If you have bad sleep, a sleep aid may assist. Experts warn that long-term use of sleep medications might cause memory loss and cognitive impairment.

Sleep aids

Antidepressants are a class of drugs that correct chemical imbalances in the brain, thereby reducing symptoms of depressive disorders.

Antidepressants

Anticholinergics are used to treat urinary incontinence, as well as other conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma, and Parkinson's disease.

Incontinence medications

Antihistamine medications such as Benadryl and Claritin are also considered anticholinergics, and are known to make patients drowsy and forgetful.

Antihistamines

Having high blood pressure in mid-life is widely believed to increase one's risk of cognitive decline later in life.

Blood pressure medications

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