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Can high doses of prescribed Ritalin (methylphenidate) (110mg) cause brain damage? Memory loss? Apathy? Is this reversible?

Can high doses of prescribed Ritalin (methylphenidate) (110mg) cause brain damage? Memory loss? Apathy? Is this reversible?

110 mg IS a lot: The maximum approved dose of methylphenidate/Ritalin is 60 mg/day so all the side effect data is based on this dosing. High doses raise concern for abuse causing a picture similar to cocaine abuse. High doses would be expected to cause disorientation, hallucinations, confusion more than memory loss and apathy. Close medical supervision to reduce dosage is needed. This is a dangerous situation. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Brain Damage (Definition)

Anything that disrupts tissue integrity can cause brain damage: lack of or reduced oxygen (stroke), viamin deficiency, pressure (hydrocephalus, or, bleeding or tumor inside the skull), blunt or penetrating trauma; infection; inflammation (immune system mediated or otherwise); toxins (alcohol, ecstasy, lead, mercury, arsenic, to name but a few); diseases (ms, diabetes, ...Read more


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What are long term effects of 600mg temazepam? Does it cause brain damage or memory loss?

Does not: The usual dose of temazepam is 15-30 mg at the bedtime for insomnia. It will cause amnesia in some people but unlikely to cause any brain or any kind of permanent damage. ...Read more

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How long one needs to stay at ER following 600 mg temazepam overdose? Does it cause brain damage or memory loss? What are long term effects? Thanks

How long one needs to stay at ER following 600 mg temazepam overdose? Does it cause brain damage or memory loss? What are long term effects? Thanks

Depends: It probably would be best to observe you in the hospital at least overnight. It belongs to a family of drugs that can affect your cognition and cause slowness in functioning. ...Read more

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So why - if 400 mg temazepam od doesn't cause brain damage or memory loss - patient gets held up at psychiatrist ward? Why not leave ED after 2 days?

So why - if 400 mg temazepam od doesn't cause brain damage or memory loss - patient gets held up at psychiatrist ward? Why not leave ED after 2 days?

Could still have SI: The patient could still have suicidal ideation, plan, or intent. These are obvious extremely important issues. Just because someone survived a suicide attempt does not mean that they are no longer suicidal. In fact, sometimes the shame of a failed suicide attempt leads them to seek out more aggressive means. The doctors have to take time to get to know the patient and to explore these issues in depth as much as possible given the time constraints that are typically applied to these situations. Also, in some jurisdictions, the judge will not allow a psychiatrist to discharge someone until they have been seen by the judge personally. That is generally given 72 hours to occur but excludes weekends and holidays. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about bep chemo for testicular cancer and experienced post-therapy brain damage or memory loss?

Can you tell me about bep chemo for testicular cancer and experienced post-therapy brain damage or memory loss?

It's common.: It's common for approximately 30% of patients to experience Post-chemotherapy cognitive impairment, in which they experience impaired attention, memory and reasoning abilities. Recovery varies depending on individual characteristics such as age and other medical conditions. You should consult with your physician to rule out other causes and get a neuropsychological evaluation. ...Read more

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Can wilson's disease result in permanent brain damage leading to memory loss?

Can wilson's disease result in permanent brain damage leading to memory loss?

Not likely: Wilson's disease is caused by the loss of an enzyme that allows copper to accumulate in the body. Most of this is taken up by the liver, causing lots of liver problems. It can also affect the nervous system. However, most of the nervous problems are motor, with some personality changes possible as well. Memory is not typically affected. ...Read more

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I have chemo and memory loss/brain damage, any suggestions?

I have chemo and memory loss/brain damage, any suggestions?

Exercise your brain!: Try to get into a cognitive rehab program.Perform brain exercises with puzzles, video games, cross words etc. ...Read more

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In cases of retrograde amnesia from brain damage, is it common to only have the amnesia, or are there often other side effects?

Usually more: Brain damage is rarely associated with only amnesia and there are likely to be other deficits. You should consult a neurologist. ...Read more

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Can getting amnesia and going under for 10 minutes for an endoscopy repeatedly (4 times) cause brain damage or decreased cognitive function?

Can getting amnesia and going under for 10 minutes for an endoscopy repeatedly (4 times) cause brain damage or decreased cognitive function?

Anesthesia: Properly performed anesthesia for endoscopy should not cause brain damage or cognitive dysfunction. Those are usually complications of sedation when there were severe episodes of low blood pressure or inadequate oxygenation. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Memory Loss (Definition)

Memory loss is a symptom in which a person cannot recall (remember) something that he previously learned. Some memory loss is normal, such as not remembering facts learned in school years ago but not used since then. Other memory loss is abnormal, such as that caused by Alzheimer's Dementia ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Brain Injury (Definition)

Brain injury is a condition in which the brain is damaged due to an injury. Brain injury often results when the head violently and suddenly hits an object or when an object deeply pierces the head. The symptoms of brain injury vary from mild to severe depending on how much the ...Read more