Published: Tue, January 24, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Medications that cause memory loss - AARP in Spanish

Medications that cause memory loss - AARP in Spanish


Why are they prescribed: Statins are used in the treatment of high cholesterol. Atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor) and simvastatin (Zocor).

Glimepiride: MedlinePlus Drug Information
Your doctor and other health care providers will talk with you about the best way to manage your diabetes. This medicine will only help lower blood sugar in people whose bodies produce insulin naturally.

Can cause memory loss: Drugs that lower blood cholesterol levels can affect memory and other mental processes, as they lower cholesterol levels in the brain. In the brain, these lipids are essential for the formation of connections between neurons; The links that underlie memory and learning. (The brain, in fact, contains a quarter of the body's cholesterol).

According to a study published in the journal Pharmacotherapy in 2009, three out of four people Taking these drugs had adverse cognitive effects, "probably or certainly related to" the drug. The researchers also noted that 90% of patients who discontinued statin therapy reported improvements in cognition, sometimes within days. In February 2012, the Food and Drug Administration ordered pharmaceutical companies to add a new warning label on possible memory disorders to statins pharmacological information.

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