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Antidepressants That Cause Memory Loss
Perhaps some: Some (not all) antidepressants have what is called an 'anticholinergic effect' which at high doses in susceptible people may interfere with concentration and the formation or retrieval of memory. Remember, however, that sometimes the reason for taking the medication, usually depression, can cause similar problems. ...Read more
Can an antidepressant like Zoloft (sertraline) cause some memory loss? I've been taking it over a mo. (25mg) and notice I'm forgetful. Can it become permanent?
Memory loss rare but: Possible with zoloft, (sertraline) steroids, metrogel. More common in conditions treated by zoloft: anxiety, depression, menopause. Timing of occurrence relevant to medications and conditions may suggest which if not all are contributing. Improve memory: stay mentally active, socialize regularly, get organized, sleep well, eat healthy, get physical. Consult prescriber if problematic. Best regards for relief. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will ssri antidepressants work to improve cognitive functions and memory loss of a recent multi infarct stroke dementia patient, age 67. How long should he take them until we see an improvement?
What do you do if you have a bad side effect to anti depressant and or antianxiety drug like nerve twitching arm goes numb brain zaps memory loss etc?
Speak with doctor: If you have any side effects to a new medication, call your treating physician for a follow up appointment. This situation cannot usually be well done over the phone, and warrants some time to determine exactly what is going on and what to do about it. ...Read more
Some do: Commonly used anti-depressants that don't are bupropion (wellbutrin) and Mirtazapine (remeron). All others may have this side effect, up to 20% of the time for some medications. It may be hard to distinguish whether decreased sex drive is due to the medication or depression, though. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Can antidepressants cause nerve damage or loss of sensation I the vagina? Which ones causes this?
Not nerve damage: Antidepressants do not cause nerve damage or loss of sensation in the vagina. However, ssri antidepressants can cause difficulty with sexual desire and also with ability to climax. These are more central brain effects, rather than directly on vaginal sensory nerves. Effects depression can interfere with sexual interest and desire also. Hopefully this improves with treatment. ...Read more
Med hair loss: Antidepressants have been reported in case reports to both cause and benefit "alopecia", hair loss. In a very small double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 14 patients taking Imipramine 75 mg/day had significantly more hair regrowth than did control subjects, an effect that was independent of reductions in anxiety or depression. Psychotherapy and meditation are being studied to reduce alopecia. ...Read more
Which antidepressant causes weight loss? I've been on many and last one was Effexor (venlafaxine) XR as others make me tired. I put on weight. Am depressed grieving
Depressed & grieving: Active grieving of a loss needs support more than medication. If the grief has become depression with poor self esteem, ongoing vegetative signs (changes in sleep, energy, appetite etc), & worthlessness etc antidepressants may help. Wellbutrin (bupropion) does not reliably cause weight loss, but it's less likely to cause weight gain than some others. Lexapro may be relatively weight neutral also. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can using antidepressant for a long-term (2+ years) lead to permanent damage such as increasing dependency or memory/concentration problems? Thanks!
None: Depression and being overweight go hand in hand but antidepressant is not the answer. The problem is in your relationship with food and at our institute we search for the root cause and start with treatment there, as well as initiating weight loss and detox. To solve the weight problem is work, but done properly it can be solved long term. ...Read more