A 40-year-old member asked:
can adhd medication cause problems with memory loss in teenagers?
4 doctor answers
Dr. Bartholomew Vereb answered
15 years experience Psychiatry
Probably not: This is not a common side effect, although we are all different.
Answered on Apr 16, 2016
Dr. Carla Enriquez answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
NO: But "memory loss" in teens can be a sign of adhd or inadequately treated adhd. Inattention, forgetfulness & distractibility often are mistaken for memory loss in all ages. When we test someone for adhd, we assess the short term memory (significant if decreased for "memory loss;" normal, if forgetfulness is due to inattention or distractibility). Discuss your "memory loss" with your doc.
Answered on Jul 20, 2012
Dr. Mark Diamond answered
45 years experience Pediatrics
Not Seen By Me: This is a reaction I have never seen before. If this symptom is significant you definitely need to see the doctor.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Ernest Bordini answered
31 years experience Clinical Psychology
Neuropsych testing: Generally this is not to be expected with most commonly prescribed stimulant medications, but these days we are seeing adhd children treated with polypharmacy (multiple meds) with mood stabilizers, anitepileptic medications and riskier meds in terms of cognitive side effects. This can be difficult, since teens are facing increased demands at this age, and there further brain development.
Answered on Jan 5, 2013
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