Drug-Induced Dementia and Memory Loss

Memory Loss After Drugs or Antibiotics

Doctors pledge to do no harm – yet the drugs they prescribe often do.  Prescribed drugs are known to induce memory loss, cognitive decline and dementia.

Dementia is now the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and doubles every five years in the senior population.  Research studies are confirming a variety of drugs to cause or accelerate dementia.


Psychiatrist, Dr. Grace Jackson, MD saw firsthand in her practice how drugs that targeted the brain actually harmed it. Doctors pledge to do no harm – yet the drugs they prescribe often do.

Her two inch thick book presents a methodical analysis of the scientific and epidemiological research which confirms psychopharmaceuticals as a cause of brain damage and premature death.

Dementia is now the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and doubles every five years in the senior population.

The brain is very delicate. Numerous research papers are documented in the book Drug-Induced Dementia: A Perfect Crime by Dr. Grace Jackson. She explains in great detail how harmful drug therapies are to brain tissue. This type of damage results in decreased brain function, exhibited by symptoms such as memory loss or other types of cognitive decline. Her primary focus is on anti-depressants, antipsychotics, anti-anxiety, mood stabilizers, stimulants, as well as drugs to treat our children with ADHD and other behavioral disorders.

Side Effects of Common Drugs

There can be a cumulative effect of chemicals trapped in the body – so if a person has a history of having surgery as a child, there can still be lingering side effects that are not recognized. Over time, memory loss, diminished clarity or cognitive troubles are considered “normal” aging – but they don’t have to be.

Prednisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory drug that is commonly used for allergies, asthma and autoimmune conditions. For some people it has major side effects.  In this video, Nina describes her mom’s short-term memory loss and difficulty communicating. After treatment, Nina’s 88-year old mother was able to recall words more easily which improved the family dynamic and her quality of life.

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Antibiotics also affect the brain. Cipro and Levaquin are very powerful antibiotics that are often prescribed for urinary tract infections, cellulitis or antibiotic resistant infections. One of the side effects is irreversible damage to the Central Nervous System. Research shows that Cipro is highly concentrated in brain tissue when taken. Some people have experienced extreme reactions to Cipro. MyQuinStory has many pages of personal stories documenting the devastating effects of Cipro and its sister drug Levaquin. Penicillins and tetracycline can also affect the brain.

Anesthesia, drugs and toxic chemicals can linger in the brain or other nervous system tissues. This prevents the normal brain signaling from happening properly, thus causing the common side effects:

  • confusion
  • brain fog
  • loss of interest in previously favorite activities
  • negative changes in personality
  • memory loss and even Alzheimer’s.

Dr. Julia Lewis offers a free memory loss analysis scan that determines if the side effects of anesthesia, medications or toxic chemicals are affecting your brain.