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Can pamelor (nortriptyline) cause short term memory loss and weird irrational thoughts?

Can pamelor (nortriptyline) cause short term memory loss and weird irrational thoughts?

Maybe: It is best to consult your psychiatrist or general primary care physician about the specific side effects you may be experiencing. Sometimes, Pamelor (nortriptyline) can lead to some cognitive deficits especially in older people. However, the illnesses they treat can also be experienced as cognitive impairing as well. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Can low dopamine cause twitches, tachycardia, memory issues, brain fog, personality change...?

Can low dopamine cause  twitches, tachycardia, memory issues, brain fog, personality change...?

Hard to say...: Dopamine (DA) is not measured in clinical labs. It's extremely rapidly metabolized along a variety of pathways. Further, DA levels in blood bear little resemblance to DA activity in the brain - even less to the small brain regions and synapses where DA signaling is concentrated. Though DA *might* be relevant, the symptoms you describe could have a very large number of non-DA causes. ...Read more

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Does cymbalta (duloxetine) cause short term memory loss or worsen memory in general?

Does cymbalta (duloxetine) cause short term memory loss or worsen memory in general?

Memory Loss: I understand your concern. Cymbalta may cause short term memory loss. At age 17, possible causes are- ? Alcohol, tobacco, or drug use ? Stress ? Depression ? Sleep deprivation ? Deficiencies in vitamin B1 and B12 ? Underactive or Overactive thyroid gland ? HIV ? Head injury See a Physician for Diagnosis and treatment. See Psychiatrist for Therapy and monitoring of Cymbalta, (duloxetine) Breathing Relax ...Read more

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Could MS located in the spine cause symptoms primarily impairing brain function? Like lightheadedness (brain fog) and bad short term memory?

Could MS located in the spine cause symptoms primarily impairing brain function? Like lightheadedness (brain fog) and bad short term memory?

Not related to MS: MS in the spine wouldn't cause any issues with brain function. MS taking place in the brain could cause some issues with lightheadedness but not memory issues, it would have to be a very end-stage degenerative MS to cause such symptoms and even then it would likely be a secondary cause, not a primary. Other things such as vertigo, viral infections, stress, sleep etc could be benign causes of this ...Read more

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Which anti-depressant would help brain fog and memory recall ?

Which anti-depressant would help brain fog and memory recall ?

Can't tell: Anti depressants can reverse symptoms of mental fog only if someone had those as symptoms of depression. Discuss your concerns with your doctor to make certain the goals you have are the same as your prescriber. Determining the cause of your symptoms is primary! These may have nothing to do with your depression, or be totally be cause by it. Brain fog is better treated by stimulants. ...Read more

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What are these symptoms a cause of? Fatigue, trouble sleeping, being cold, slow digestion, headaches, bronchial/sinus infections, long term depression/anxiety, fuzzy thinking, short term memory loss, weight gain, muscle/joint pain

What are these symptoms a cause of? Fatigue, trouble sleeping, being cold, slow digestion, headaches, bronchial/sinus infections, long term depression/anxiety, fuzzy thinking, short term memory loss, weight gain, muscle/joint pain

Many possibilities: Dr. Jackson is correct: these may be not at all related, but clusters of symptoms from several etiologic origins. I think that depression could very reasonably be associated with a good deal of your symptomatology, with the overlaying onset of an upper respiratory infection. Firstly a thorough assessment by your pcp is in order, then consultation with a therapist to address long term depression. ...Read more

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Can all medications for anxiety disorder affect your short term memory?

Can all medications for anxiety disorder affect your short term memory?

No: People respond to medication differently. One may affect your memory but in another person it may not. I will say that the most common family of medications which can cause memory problems are the benzodiazepines (i.E xanax, (alprazolam) ativan, valium, klonopin). You have to weigh the pros and cons of the medication and find the right one that works for you. ...Read more

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Could depression/stress cause short term memory loss?

Could depression/stress cause short term memory loss?

Yes: One of the more common issues with poor memory performance is depression and/or stress. Disinterest and in attention along with easy distractability make one appear to have memory loss. ...Read more

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Will Lorazepam cause confusion, sleeplessness and agitation in a brain tumor patient?

Will Lorazepam cause confusion, sleeplessness and agitation in a brain tumor patient?

Good chance!: Lorazepam can cause confusion which can cause agitation and sleeplessness (even though it is normally sedating). A good thing to stop using by a lot of people! But it has to be tapered slowly and carefully if a person has been on it for a long time or withdrawal can cause confusion, agitation, sleeplessness and seizures! The are other causes of confusion as well. See doc to sort out. ...Read more

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Can flashbacks precede short term memory loss?

Can flashbacks precede short term memory loss?

NO !: There is no relationship. Short term memory loss may be due to lack of concentration or stress unless it is persistent or progressive. ...Read more

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Possible reasons I have short term memory loss, confusion, mild headaches, and some trouble reading(not vision)? Vit Deficiency? Brain Tumor? MS?

Possible reasons I have short term memory loss, confusion, mild headaches, and some trouble reading(not vision)? Vit Deficiency? Brain Tumor? MS?

Needs Evaluation!: There are many causes for your symptoms. This needs a comprehensive evaluation. HealthTap Consult or your own Physician may well assist you. Wish you well! ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause short term memory probs? Like where you put your keys, phone, ect? Worried about brain tumor! Memory problems = brain tumor?

Can anxiety cause short term memory probs? Like where you put your keys, phone, ect? Worried about brain tumor! Memory problems = brain tumor?

Anxiety and memory: The simple answer is "yes". Anxiety interferes with concentration and focusing. It is very common to be a bit scattered when experiencing anxiety. Memory problems do not suggest you have a brain tumor. So, relax about your memory lapses. ...Read more

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Bad short term memory, gingko makes it WORSE w/ brain fog and brain zaps. Anything else I can take for memory since I'm going to college?

I don't think: there's anything ooout there for short term memory. You might want to see a Neologist and get Neuropsychologic testing to see what the problem is.. ...Read more

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What effects /affects can major depression, insomnia, anxiety and stress have on memory?

What effects /affects can major depression, insomnia,  anxiety and stress have on memory?

See MD: Each problem alone can impair memory. If combined they can more noticeably cause memory loss. If you are experiencing depression, insomnia (often a symptom of depression), anxiety and memory loss, you should first see your pcp for a complete physical exam and evaluation. Medical causes for these symptoms should be ruled out. ...Read more

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Have short term memory loss and mci been linked?

Have short term memory loss and mci been linked?

Yes: If the memory problem is real, meaning that we have excluded, treatable causes such as depression and normal forgetfulness, it can be a sign of mci(mlid cognitive impairment). ...Read more

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Can Anxiety and Depression cause Brain Fog, or changes in cognition?

Can Anxiety and Depression cause Brain Fog, or changes in cognition?

Yes: What is Brain Fog? Brain Fog is a lay term to describe fluctuating mild memory loss that is inappropriate for a person’s age. It includes forgetfulness, spaciness, confusion, decreased ability to pay attention, an inability to focus, and difficulty processing information. Brain Fog can occur in Sjögren’s syndrome. Stress and anxiety and depression can cause Brain Fog-changes in congniton. ...Read more

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Can autonomic damage/dysfunction cause memory isdues, brain fog and blurry vision? Thank you for your time.

Can autonomic damage/dysfunction cause memory isdues, brain fog and blurry vision? Thank you for your time.

Underlying disease: The autonomic nervous system (ANS) can definitely affect your eyes and ability to focus; thereby resulted in blurred vision. Because the autonomic nervous system affects the dilation of blood vessels, it could affect blood flow to the brain resulted in intermittent "brain fog". Cognitive problems are often due to an underlying problem that is also causing the ANS dysfunction. ...Read more

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Is it normal to experience short term memory loss on xanax (alprazolam)?

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Is it normal to experience short term memory loss on xanax (alprazolam)?

Xanax (alprazolam): Possible, if high dose & used regularly for a while in susceptible individuals. ...Read more

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How can memory loss effect and affect memory thoughts or recollection in patients that suffer memory loss from motor vehicle accident?

How can memory loss effect and affect memory thoughts or recollection in patients that suffer memory loss from motor vehicle accident?

Memory: It depends on the areas of the brain affected by the car accident. The first thing I would do would be to go get a complete neurological workup to determine the extent and particulars of the damage. ...Read more

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Can low dopamine in the brain cause irritability, memory issues, emotionless...? Remedy?

Can low dopamine in the brain cause irritability, memory issues, emotionless...? Remedy?

IT'S COMPLICATED: The mechanism of action of brain dopamine is not full understood. Low levels are associated with Parkinson's disease and probably ADHD and restless legs syndrome. Your symptoms may reflect depression and there are medications that can increase both brain dopamine and serotonin levels. Pounding heartbeat and tachycardia may be symptoms of panic disorder. You should get a psychiatric evaluation. ...Read more

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Slow Thinking (Definition)

Slow thinking = cognitive slowing - may occur ...Read more


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Memory (Definition)

Memory is the ability to recall information ...Read more