Have you ever heard the expression, “There is no free lunch in nature”? The basic idea is that no matter what type of pharmaceutical drug you take, you can potentially face some side effects. This is especially the case when you talk about the brain. Primal Labs reviews a variety of publications and studies all of the time, and it has worked with the leading doctors and scientific experts to determine what works and what doesn’t.
Regarding brain health, there’s no question that we are facing a health crisis. Millions of people struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, and many more are expected to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other cognitive diseases in the upcoming years. There are many factors that could potentially affect the brain and cognitive function, but did you know that the medicines you take could potentially be one of them?
Primal Labs reviews some of the medications that could be affecting your brain health.
As there are several types of classes of antidepressants, each affects the brain differently. It appears that tricyclic antidepressants are the worst for memory loss as 35% of people who take them report memory loss. However, selective serotonin inhibitors (SSRIs) can also impact memory, and lithium is associated with cognitive impairment as well.
If you take diabetes medications, you should know that some medications that reduce blood glucose can also cause cognitive decline. This is primarily because they can cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies that are responsible for a host of functions including those related to the brain. Diabetes on its own can increase the risk of dementia as well.
Although cholesterol-lowering medications may appear to be innocuous, you may want to think twice. Cholesterol-lowering medications like Lipitor and Crestor lower cholesterol, but they can also inhibit the body to synthesize dolichol, which is essential for the brain. Cholesterol is also important as it strengthens connections between the nerve cells.
These are just a few of the medications that Primal Labs reviews to see what their effect may be on brain health. Beta blockers, Parkinson’s medications, painkillers, antibiotics, and even antihistamines could produce adverse effects on cognitions as well. If you take any of these medications, you should consult with your doctor to determine whether or not the risks outweigh the potential benefits and determine ways to improve your brain health.