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How much time it usually takes to Xanax (alprazolam) to cause 'permanent' cognitive deficits like memory deficits?

How much time it usually takes to Xanax (alprazolam) to cause 'permanent' cognitive deficits like memory deficits?

Not permanent: Any benzodiazepine can induce tolerance with ~2-3 weeks of consistent use. One might also have some temporary memory dysfunction with the first dose -- inability to learn new material when using. When the dose wears off, this effect should also wear off. If on xanax (alprazolam) and having this problem, a very gradual taper should allow cognition to return to previous abilities. It's not permanent. ...Read more

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Deeply confused, severe memory loss, debilitating cognitive impairment. Pick fights I don't remember! My bf worries early onset Alzheimer's but I'm 37!

Deeply confused, severe memory loss, debilitating cognitive impairment. Pick fights I don't remember! My bf worries early onset Alzheimer's but I'm 37!

See a doctor: The symptoms you describe are concerning and need to be explained. Please see your primary care doctor or a neurologist for a complete examination and appropriate tests. ...Read more

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Can SSRI, SNRIs cause cognitive impairment over time? I have used SSRIs for over 7 years and feel difficulty in concentrating, and memory problems

Can SSRI, SNRIs cause cognitive impairment over time? I have used SSRIs for over 7 years and feel difficulty in concentrating, and memory problems

Great Question: This is a great question, and a really important one, because these medications are used to treat conditions that can come back over and over if medication is stopped (like major depression, or panic attacks). So far, so good--long term studies with SSRI's that have been on the market for many years seem to indicate they are safe long term. See your prescriber to discuss your memory concerns. ...Read more

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I am currently taking topamax (topiramate) for migraine and experiencing cognitive deficits (memory). What are the best alternatives for migraine prophylaxis?

I am currently taking topamax (topiramate) for migraine and experiencing cognitive deficits (memory). What are the best alternatives for migraine prophylaxis?

NOT SURPRISING: Topamax (topiramate) (sometimes known as "dopeamax") very often causes both speech and cognitive issues due to it's affect on an short-term memory pathway (perforant pathway, ampa). Would advise considering possibly depakote, or Naproxen (not beta blockers or calcium channel blockers). But how about otc preps such as riboflavin, coq-10, butterbur, feverfew, maybe magnesium, and lastly botox? ...Read more

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What is the disorder in which perceived cognitive impairment is simultaneously present with actual intellectual deficits?

What is the disorder in which perceived cognitive impairment is simultaneously present with actual intellectual deficits?

Please try again...: This question needs to be re-phrased, in order to be understandable. Who is "perceiving" cognitive impairment? How can that be incompatible with "actual" cognitive impairment (i.e., intellectual deficits). ...Read more

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What cause a 17 yr. To be in "perpetual dream state", severe memory and cognitive impairment, exacerbated bipolar, react different to meds, all overnite?

What cause a 17 yr. To be in "perpetual dream state", severe memory and cognitive impairment, exacerbated bipolar, react different to meds, all overnite?

Bipolar disorder can: Have sudden shifts and comorbidities, but what you are describing sounds more like possibly a medication side effect. I don't know what you are taking, but if you are on Depakote you need an ammonia level, if you are on lithium you need a lithium level, if you are on an antipsychotic you need a. Blood sugar level, and if you are doing street drugs or drinking you must immediatelystop. I recommend you go to the er now and get checked out. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can low testosterone cause cognitive impairment, especially memory and focus. If yes, does trt completely fix this. Or just improve it a bit.

Can low testosterone cause cognitive impairment, especially memory and focus. If yes, does trt completely fix this. Or just improve it a bit.

See answer: Studies show an association between low testosterone (LT) levels and subsequent incidence of Alzheimers disease, and suggest testosterone is neuronal protective. Some studies show LT has a negative effect on cognition, but these studies haven't controlled for other confounding hormonal changes. There is suggestive but not conclusive evidence that giving T to people with LT increases cognition. ...Read more

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Can sleep disorders cause cognitive impairment, flat affect and memory problems?

Can sleep disorders cause cognitive impairment, flat affect and memory problems?

Absolutely: Contact your pcp for referral for a sleep study, or polysomnogram. There are many possible causes of sleep fragmentation, and a disruption in the amount of any state of sleep can cause memory, concentration and mood disruption. In my practice, we deal primarily with obstructive sleep apnea. The patients report your symptoms and fatigue; the bed partners also suffer (from the noise!). Get checked! ...Read more

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Can one time moderate use of cocaine lead to permanent brain damage, memory problems or cognitive impairment?

Can one time moderate use of cocaine lead to permanent brain damage, memory problems or cognitive impairment?

Death = permanent: In some, the first use of Cocaine causes death, which would be permanent brain damage or impairment. Not to mention heart attacks, respiratory failure, strokes, or seizures. In the brain alone, Cocaine is a very strong CNS stimulant that stops Dopamine from being recycled -- making it build up and disrupt normal neuronal communication. If you're dead, the long-term brain changes don't matter. ...Read more

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I think I have cognitive impairment but don't want it on my medical record. How can I tell?

I think I have cognitive impairment but don't want it on my medical record. How can I tell?

Take free online tes: Go online & search for "free cognitive testing" or some variation. Take as many tests as you can and see how you score. If you well on all of them, then it's less likely but not impossible to have cognitive impairment. But if you don't do so well on most, then you really ought to chat, perhaps off-the-record, w/your doc and start some evaluation. At least improve your nutrition & exercise. ...Read more

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I know mini strokes can lead to a massive stroke but do they cause cognitive or mental impairment?

I know mini strokes can lead to a massive stroke but do they cause cognitive or mental impairment?

Yes: Multiple small strokes can have cumulative effects. Control risk factors. Check out stroke. Org. ...Read more

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I have schizoaffective do. I am having cognitive issues is Neuropsychological impairment normal? How bad can it get? Should I be tested!?

I have schizoaffective do. I am having cognitive issues is Neuropsychological impairment normal? How bad can it get? Should I be tested!?

Not normal: You've had multiple psychiatric hospitalizations and poor concentration for which I'm guessing you take Concerta. Often neuropsych testing - briefer version- is done during a psych. hospitalization. If you've never had testing or it's been more than a few years, neuropsych testing might be clinically useful to your doctor or therapist. Please discuss advisability with them. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What can cause cognitive impairment?

Alzheimers: Age is the greatest risk factor for cognitive impairment, and as the Baby
Boomer generation passes age 65, the number of people living with cognitive impairment is expected to jump dramatically. An estimated 5.1 million. Americans aged 65 years or older may currently have Alzheimer’s disease, the most well-known formof cognitive impairment; this number may rise to13.2 mill in 2025. ...Read more

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Could medication cause cognitive impairment?

Yes: Many medications can cause cognitive impairment.Please see the two links below for lists and discussions.:
www. Medscape. Com/viewarticle/408593_5

www. Drugs. Com/condition/mild-cognitive-impairment. Html
drugs (by generic name) associated with mild cognitive impairment. ...Read more

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Can diazepam and midazolan cause cognitive deficits?

Can diazepam and midazolan cause cognitive deficits?

Yes, those: Are both benzodiazepine class of drugs and can cause amnesia and sedation. Side effects could be additive when taken together, so follow your doctor's directions carefully. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Cognitive impairment?

What is the definition or description of: Cognitive impairment?

Cognitive impairment: An inability to think or reason clearly ...Read more

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How do I deal with cognitive impairment if diabetes?

How do I deal with cognitive impairment if diabetes?

Control: Control your blood sugar. Avoid the extremes (high and especially low blood sugar). Control other risk factors: blood pressure, cholesterol. Maintain healthy diet and exercise regularly. Do activities that stimulate your brain. See your physician for more individualized advice. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could hypertension cause cognitive impairment?

Could hypertension cause cognitive impairment?

Hypertension: Yes, severe (malignant) hypertension can cause encephalopathy (confusion and impairment) due to cerebral edema (swelling of the brain) often from rapidly increasing blood pressure or long standing high blood pressure. It can also cause strokes. ...Read more

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Can primidone 100mg/day cause cognitive deficits?

Can primidone 100mg/day cause cognitive deficits?

Maybe: Primidone does have sedative properties which can cause cognitive deficits but not permanently. However, I cannot speak for the original condition the drug has been prescribed which may cause cognitive deficits. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is cognitive impairment?

Typically neurodegen: (amnestic) mild cognitive impairment (mcia) is a clinical term used to describe a phase of life that falls between pre symptomatic (have illness but no symptoms at all) and mild dementia due to alzheimer's disease. The person is forgetful and their memory recall tests between normal and frankly abnormal and they remain independent in their activities of daily living. It can progress o 1-9 years. ...Read more

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Can diazepam cause permanent cognitive deficits?

No: Stopping the med should quickly resolve any cognitive side effects. If it does not, look for other causes. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of my cognitive impairment at 60?

Lots of reasons: Cognitive impairment is due to many issues, chief of which is poor health. This can be manifest by poor nutrition & lack of exercise. Smoking, excess alcohol consumption & illicit substance use increase risk. Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol & heart disease are all associated w/cognitive impairment. Infections & some medications can push some over the line if their health is iffy. ...Read more

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Cognitive impairment and negative symptoms or shorter life?

Dealing with memory: This is a difficult decision for many an all involved, whether it be you or a loved one. It is a personal decision but it is a decision you need to make while you can...A living will and good clear instructions to family are very important. There is no right or wrong...There just is. Do what is best for you. Decisions we make at the end are no different than the decisions and choices we made all along. ...Read more

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How might cognitive impairment affect response to instructions?

Unable: Cognitive impairment means that people are not usually able to follow simple instructions. They have difficulty with attention and especially laying down new memory. ...Read more

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How does one differentiate between MS and cidp? I have cognitive/emotional deficits, but my neuro says cidp is inconsistent with those symptoms. True?

How does one differentiate between MS and cidp? I have cognitive/emotional deficits, but my neuro says cidp is inconsistent with those symptoms. True?

MS or CIDP?: Yes, that is true. CIDP would not cause cognitive or emotional deficits.

CIDP should cause diminished reflexes, numbness or weakness in a distribution affecting lower legs and hands, and can be found by nerve conduction testing.

MS may cause a variety of symptoms, and is often found by brain MRI testing and spinal tap. ...Read more

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What is mild cognitive impairment?

Memory and thought: Mild cognitive impairment is difficulty in memory and ability to carry out thought processes- and although it's mild, there's can be some confusion involved. It's difficult to lay down new memories with cognitive impairment. ...Read more

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Estrogen and cognitive impairment?

Estrogen and cognitive impairment?

Estrogen2use or not: Estrogens are like any other med. They have side effects some good, some bad. If your family history is strong for cardiac or osteoporosis estrogen is a good option to keep you healthy. If you have a family history of breast cancer or a personal history of blood clots it would be better to pass on the estrogen use. Discuss all of this with your md and make an informed decision for you :). ...Read more

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Does anxiety cause cognitive impairment?

Does anxiety cause cognitive impairment?

Sometimes: Anxiety can lower one's ability to focus and concentrate, and thus can also lead to some forgetfulness or distractibility. Still, (with the exception of temporary panic attacks, if any) most anxiety usually does not impair cognitive functions as much as some other mental health difficulties. This can be improved with psychotherapy and/or medication treatments. ...Read more