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Is memory loss from Ambien (zolpidem) permanent?

Is memory loss from Ambien (zolpidem) permanent?

Unlikely: Memory loss is not an uncommonly seen "side effect" of the sedative hypnotics. I'd discuss with your prescribing physician, as you may benefit from a lower dose, or perhaps a completely different medication. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Memory Loss (Definition)

There can be short term memory loss such as "where did I put my keys? " or long term memory loss such as "where did I live as a child? " There also can be catastrophic memory loss such as ...Read more


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Can Ambien (zolpidem) cause a loss of appetite and breathing problems?

Can Ambien (zolpidem) cause a loss of appetite and breathing problems?

Anything is possible: Hypnotics can suppress the nervous system, however you need to share these symptoms with your prescribing doctor. With sleep problems, loss of appetite, depression, hypothyroidism, etc. Deep bs for what? If not contraindicated an antidepressant may return your natural sleep. ...Read more

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Can topamax (topiramate) cause permanent memory loss?

Can topamax (topiramate) cause permanent memory loss?

Not at all: The cognitive side effects of topamax (topiramate) occur due to interference with function of ampa glutamate, which reverses typically a few days after cessation. ...Read more

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Can extreme stress or depression cause permanent memory loss?

Can extreme stress or depression cause permanent memory loss?

Memory is a very: Tricky thing. The simple answer is no. But something called pseudo dementia can happen in older patients who become very depressed. We now feel this is a sign of dementia to come. And, in other psychiatric disorders, patients frequently do not remember acute symptoms, or disordered behaviors. So, memory is a tricky thing. ...Read more

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Is memory loss caused by stroke permanent?

Is memory loss caused by stroke permanent?

Possibly: Depending on the location and size of your stroke, the memory loss may improve some, but can also be permanent. ...Read more

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Can short term memory loss be caused by traumatic experiences, stress grief. Is losing your memory permament or as depression lifts it will return?

Can short term memory loss be caused by traumatic experiences, stress grief. Is losing your memory permament or as depression lifts it will return?

It should return: Unless there is a physical (vascular) problem, your memory should return and you can help this process by what you do. Seeking supportive psychotherapy and/or practicing something like mindful meditation may be useful. Even books, music or film and conversation with pleasant companions can re-ignite short-term memory - so can active spiritual exercises. Do try to have faith as you heal. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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I have very high ALT elevation, can Ambien (zolpidem) be the cause?

I have very high ALT elevation, can Ambien (zolpidem) be the cause?

Possibly: However, if you are having abdominal pains, then you should have your doctor evaluate you for gallbladder disease. If you have any risk factor for hepatitis b, c, etc., this is another cause that needs to be ruled out. ...Read more

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Can Ambien cause nervousness the following day. If so is lunesta (eszopiclone) a better option.

Can Ambien cause nervousness the following day. If so is lunesta (eszopiclone) a better option.

Yes and no: Ambien and Lunesta (eszopiclone) are more alike than different. Neither usually produce withdrawal anxiety. But if yo get it from one, likely will from the other although Lunesta (eszopiclone). Doesn't burn off as fast and may not provide such rapid withdrawal. There are other medications that have good to excellent sleep induction properties, and thee are ways to train your brain to go to sleep naturally without meds. ...Read more

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Does Ambien (zolpidem) cause problems with sleep patterns and dreaming?

Does Ambien (zolpidem) cause problems with sleep patterns and dreaming?

Yes: Though zolpidem (ambien) is primarily used for insomnia it can have other effects on sleep including sleepwalking. Discuss with your doctor if you have concerns. There are many alternatives. ...Read more

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Does long-term use of Ambien cause cancer I have been told for the past 5 years that Ambien is a safe medication to use for sleep (i even asked my dorctor if it caused any types of cancer). I have taken it regularly, with few negative effects - it has hel

Does long-term use of Ambien cause cancer I have been told for the past 5 years that Ambien is a safe medication to use for sleep (i even asked my dorctor if it caused any types of cancer). I have taken it regularly, with few negative effects - it has hel

The: The recent study you are most likely alluding to does not establish an actual cause and effect relationship. It is not known if the sleep medications cause increased risk or if people who are at increased risk are just the people who tend to use these medications. However, Ambien (zolpidem) increases interluken 8, which stimulates cancer growth. Regardless, congratulations for successfully coming off a sleep medication after being on it for so long. Take care. ...Read more

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Can long term ambien (zolpidem) use cause cancer or dementia? Thanks...

Can long term ambien (zolpidem) use cause cancer or dementia? Thanks...

Ambien (zolpidem): There is concern about association of longer-term benzodiazapine use and some sleep medication use (such as ambien) with dementia. http://www. Webmd. Com/healthy-aging/news/20120926/insomnia-anxiety-drugs-may-raise-dementia-risk ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you take Ambien (zolpidem) for a long time, can it cause depression or other side effects?

No depression, but..: I am not aware of any studies indicating a correlation between chronic zolpidem use and major depression. Some patients have become physically dependent on the medication; some develop tolerance (i.e. They need to increase their dose over time); some pts have memory impairment, usually while the med. Is in their system; and some have had episodes of sleepwalking or doing other purposeful behavior. ...Read more

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Can ambien cause a positive pregnancy test? I've read it can. How long will it cause a false positive if it does?

Can ambien cause a positive pregnancy test? I've read it can. How long will it cause a false positive if it does?

Hmmm....: Haven't heard from any reliable source that Ambien causes a false positive pregnancy test. That means a person can have a false positive test with or without taking Ambien... meaning the two events are unrelated coincidences. A urine pregnancy test is very accurate 3 weeks after sex. If unsure of the result, can repeat a test after 1 more week. ...Read more

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I take Valium 30mg daily, cut off cold turkey from my Ambien (zolpidem) 20mg taken for yrs. Has caused me bad withdrawal symptoms, but am I safe from seizures?

I take Valium 30mg daily, cut off cold turkey from my Ambien (zolpidem) 20mg taken for yrs. Has caused me bad withdrawal symptoms, but am I safe from seizures?

If still taking Vali: Withdrawal from Ambien (zolpidem) can be difficult but seizures would be very unlikely. Valium is an excellent drug to avoid seizure activity. ...Read more

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I just found out I was pregnant and have been taking 0.5 mg Xanax (alprazolam) and 10mg ambien once daily can it cause cleft palate?

I just found out I was pregnant and have been taking 0.5 mg Xanax (alprazolam) and 10mg ambien once daily can it cause cleft palate?

Genes and Folate (folic acid) 1st: Xanax (alprazolam) is category D and can cause skeletal abnormalities. Ambient is category C so effects are unknown. In animals in high doses it causes fetal death rather than anatomic changes. Taking any meds during pregnancy needs to be discussed with your health care provider. Cleft palate is associated with genetics and folate deficiency. A plastic surgeon can correct a cleft lip early in life. ...Read more

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Could anxiety and memory loss be caused by hashimoto' s thyrodism?

Could anxiety and memory loss be caused by hashimoto' s thyrodism?

Hypothyroid: Low thyroid function can cause both emotional and cognitive issues, and indeed, doctors often consider low thyroid function in explaining memory loss in a new patient. The situation should stabilize once you have thyroid functions under control. ...Read more

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Which drugs are known to cause memory loss?

Which drugs are known to cause memory loss?

Many: Anti- anxiety medications like benzodiazepines (xanax). Several medications are problems for elderly, antihistamines, medications for overactive bladder.
"statins" for cholesterol have caused reversible memory loss so severe, doctors thought it was alzheimer's. Ask your doctor before stopping medications, esp. The cholesterol and anxiety medications. The memory loss is reversible. ...Read more

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What are the causes of memory loss among young people?

What are the causes of memory loss among young people?

Brain Injury: Traumatic brain injury is the most common cause of memory loss among adolescent and young adults. Neurodegenerative causes of memory loss (e.g., Alzheimer's disease, stroke) are more rare this age group. ...Read more

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Amnesia (Definition)

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