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I have a relative of 45 yrs. Her memory is weak and she forgets quickly what do you advise her to do? Are there any medications that could help? Thanks

I have a relative of 45 yrs. Her memory is weak and she forgets quickly what do you advise her to do? Are there any medications that could help? Thanks

Sleep disorder?: Many times memory problems can be related to sleep related breathing disorders where the sleep gets interrupted so much that the brain isn't allowed to organize and store thoughts. In some cases the brain degenerates. She should see a md for a diagnosis. If she is having excessive daytime sleepiness than she needs to mention this to her md and perhaps a sleep study might be in order. ...Read more

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Is there any memory loss from medications?

Is there any memory loss from medications?

Medicine and Memory: Some medicines like beta blockers may cause cognitive impairment. Also, some meds for overactive bladder and incontinence. ...Read more

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Help! Need to know if there's surgery or medication to lose memory?

Help! Need to know if there's surgery or medication to lose memory?

Nope: No such thing yet. Would be nice sometimes to have the deneuralizer from Men in Black sometimes, though, wouldn't it? There is research being done on medications though. ...Read more

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Am 21 years old . I have a problem on my memory I can't remember good . What medication should I have?!

Am 21 years old . I have a problem on my memory I can't remember good . What medication should I have?!

Hard to speculate: People preform at their worst in any way when sick, when they don't get enough restorative sleep, when their nutrition is not balanced & in unfamiliar settings. You need to start with what you can fix, and a checkup with your doc would be good. If nothing is found to explain your problem, additional testing with an educational psychologist would be reasonable. There is no "memory pill" ...Read more

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What medications are used to enhance memory and concentration in young adults and do they have side effects?

What medications are used to enhance memory and concentration in young adults and do they have side effects?

See below: There is no medication to enhance concentration unless you have ADD Attention Deficit Disorder, in which case there are medications to help concentration. These medications, like Concerta, are amphetamine like stimulants that can have side effects. There is no medication to enhance memory in normal individuals. ...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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Was given lorazapam by mistake 2 mgs wrong medication for migrain, passed out and may have hullucinated should I be concerned memory seems off.

Was given lorazapam by mistake 2 mgs wrong medication for migrain, passed out and may have hullucinated should I be concerned memory seems off.

Common side effect: That's a very common side effect for the benzodiazepines. Its 1/2 life is about 10-20 hours, as long as you have normal liver function. There is an anti-dote for it if you have respiratory compromise, but if not, you should be back to yourself in a day or 2. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing short term memory episodes or whatever it's called. I can't remember things i just said (spacing out). I'm on medications. Advice?

I've been experiencing short term memory episodes or whatever it's called. I can't remember things i just said (spacing out). I'm on medications. Advice?

Suspicion high: That your medications are affecting your memory, as many meds have anticholinergic side effects causing cognitive issues. Alternatively, if this is not the case, could consider thyroid issues, vitamin deficiency, even chronic low level carbon monoxide exposure, espec if you are having peculiar headaches, and red fingertips. ...Read more

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Can sedative medications cause memory problems?

Sedatives: Most do, with time, especially long-acting ones. ...Read more

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Will sedative medications cause memory problems?

Will sedative medications cause memory problems?

Potentially: They can cause both short and long term memory dysfunction. Only use them u see the supervision of a physician. ...Read more

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What to do if I didn't know they even had medication that can make you temporarily lose your memory. Is this true?

What to do if I didn't know they even had medication that can make you temporarily lose your memory. Is this true?

You may have no: Memory of surgical procedures if mild sedation medications are used. But, doctors don't prescribe drugs that erase people's lifetime memories. ...Read more

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How big does a memingioma have to be before they take it out and are their medications for memory, and sight problems?

Not a quick answer!: If you have a meningioma, you need to discuss this with your doctor. Advice about that would best come from an informed physician who is familiar with your circumstances. There are medications and supplements that help with memory ANS sight issues, take care of first things first! ...Read more

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What are the best medications/interventions to treat memory loss problems in old age?

What are the best medications/interventions to treat memory loss problems in old age?

Mental fitness: The best treatment for memory loss is prevention — maintaining an active lifestyle with regular exercise is probably the best way to maintain good mental fitness and prevent memory loss. Medications such as aricept, exelon, (rivastigmine) razadyne, cognex, and Namenda have demonstrated slight cognitive improvements in people suffering dementia and memory loss — but these drugs do not cure memory loss. ...Read more

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What medications are good for memory loss that is not caused by alzheimer's?

What medications are good for memory loss that is not caused by alzheimer's?

Same medications: Acetylcholineesterase inhibitors (e.g., aricept, (donepezil) reminyl) are effective also in memory impairment caused by vascular dementia and dementia with lewy bodies. ...Read more

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What medications are there for memory loss that is not caused by alzheimer's?

What medications are there for memory loss that is not caused by alzheimer's?

Brain Power: For patients with memory disorders we use cholinesterase inhibitors like rivastigmine or donepezil. In advanced cases of alzheimer's disease memantine has proven benefit. Some advocate the use of omega 3, or Alpha lipoid acid with controversial data supporting its use. New data suggests that being physically fit during middle age reduces risk of memory disorders (dementia) at age70. ...Read more

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Which surgery is better for Petit Mal. My medication very unsuccessful and the side effect is memory loss?

Which surgery is better for Petit Mal. My medication very unsuccessful and the side effect is memory loss?

Educate yourself: Sounds like you know little or nothing about your epilepsy. "Petit mal" is an obsolete term; hasn't been used for >20 years. Stop using it. Do you have primary generalized or partial epilepsy? Surgery is only for partial. By "surgery" do you include vagus-nerve stimulator? Surgery is only a last resort. If you're not satisfied with your treatment find an epileptilogist & educate YOURSELF too. ...Read more

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Am i being unreasonable to think my language and memory problems are due to ADHD medication and can go away?

Confusing question: If your memory/language issues are not present off treatment but appear while the meds are in your system, it is reasonable to assume there is a cause and effect relationship. However, many (40%) of adhd patients have coexisting problems of memory or other nervous system functions. ...Read more

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Hi I'm Software Engineer with BP on 160/100 I know very well the risk. But I have tried 3 different type of medications and all of them have a significant impact in my focus, concentration and memory speed. In short. Taking the medication is basically

Hi I'm Software Engineer with BP on 160/100 I know very well the risk. But I have tried 3 different type of medications and all of them have a significant impact in my focus, concentration and memory speed. In short. Taking the medication is basically

Try again: There are many antihypertensives most of which will not affect your mental function. In addition, there are some very serious dietary measures you can try as well. A BP of 160/100 at 49 yo is not something to just blow off as you are at significant risk for future serious health issues. See a cardiologist or nephrologist for evaluation. Reduce the sodium in your diet and exercise regularly. ...Read more

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Can ADHD medication cause problems with memory loss in teenagers?

Can ADHD medication cause problems with memory loss in teenagers?

Probably not: This is not a common side effect, although we are all different. ...Read more

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Can Aricept (donepezil) help memory loss side effects of medications?

Anti-cholinergics: Numerous drugs in medicine affect a chemical called acetylcholine, and this effect can result in memory loss, especially in the elderly. Aricept, (donepezil) which is now generic, helps increase the level of acetylcholine, and may mitigate these adverse effects. ...Read more

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Does ADHD medications treat all symptoms of ADHD? Or only focusing? Does it affect memory, ....?

Does ADHD medications treat all symptoms of ADHD? Or only focusing? Does it affect memory, ....?

PARTIAL ANSWER: Adhd is actually a spectrum in terms of severity and functions. So different functions may be more or less affected. Functions intermix. If impulsivity disrupts concentration and moves one to new foci, it interrupts memory formation. Etc. Primary measure:
do meds make things better, could additional meds improve things, could planning timing of meds help? Lots of things to consider. ...Read more

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Is caffeine better than taking medications or supplements which boosts focusing and memory like doxiderol or cerebral success?

Is caffeine better than taking medications or supplements which boosts focusing and memory like doxiderol or cerebral success?

Interesting question: Of course both companies selling these products would say no. Yet, caffeine is strongly in both. Why include it? All the individual herbs and nutritional components have some studies of cognitive effect, but none is curative of any condition. There are also no studies of the whole products as sold. So for me, advertising themselves as suitable substitutes for stimulants is fishy. For you? ...Read more

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Old. Whenever I study, I forget it the nxt day. I have headaches+sleep 5-5.5 hrs a day, im 17 yrs old. Is my brain memory damaged+do I need medication?

Old. Whenever I study, I forget it the nxt day. I have headaches+sleep 5-5.5 hrs a day, im 17 yrs old. Is my brain memory damaged+do I need medication?

Say what?: Dear bobcat. You really aren't sleeping enough for 17 years old. At this age I would encourage you to aim for 8 to 9 hours per day. I would try sleeping appropriate amounts before I would jump to conclusions about brain health or need for medications. Here is sleep hygiene info. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what. ...Read more

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Do side effects of inderal (propranolol) persist even after you stop the medication — such as short term memory loss?

Memory loss: Inderal (propranolol) is a beta-blocker with many side effect problems. The symptoms such as memory loss, fatique, depression should improve within a week or two after stopping the drug. If not, see your doctor, as other problems may have occurred. ...Read more

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I have an afib, and I'm under medication. Having dizziness most time & feel getting lost memory. Using neuro-ps 200mg help improve memory? Options?

I have an afib, and I'm under medication. Having dizziness most time & feel getting lost memory. Using neuro-ps 200mg help improve memory? Options?

Amiodorone: The package insert on amiodorone states that it can cause all of your symptoms. Apixaban is to my knowledge not available here. I had to read the package insert from germany which clearly states that it can cause light headedness from lowering blood pressure. 30 years ago I was involved in some initial studies on amiodarone. We had to draw frequent thyroid function tests. I recommend that you go back to your doctor and have that checked and never change any medications in the context of atrial fibrillation without having a discussion with your physician about risks benefits side effects and alternative treatments. Good luck to you. Falls sie deutscher sind wünsche ich ihnen das allerbeste und herzlichste grüße. ...Read more

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I have severe ibs. Took bentyl (dicyclomine) 4 a few years but it cause severe memory loss. Is there another medication that works as well without memory loss?

I have severe ibs. Took bentyl (dicyclomine) 4 a few years but it cause severe memory loss. Is there another medication that works as well without memory loss?

Yes: There's Levsin (hyoscyamine) as a popular option. And although there's no data to support it, I've had good success using Celexa to calm the symptoms down, sometimes quite dramatically. ...Read more

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Hi, I know that I have a hypothyroidism few days before and I start the medication that is Synthroid (thyroxine) 75mg. My big concern is about memory loss?

Hi, I know that I have a hypothyroidism few days before and I start the medication that is Synthroid (thyroxine) 75mg. 
My big concern is about memory loss?

Likely to improve: The only way to see how much your memory will improve on the medication is to take it as your doctor prescribes and adjust it based on the blood tests. After you have been at the right dose, if you still have problems, see if your doctor can find a reversible reason for memory loss. Also, use good nutrition, exercise to maximize your health. Taking the medication should not worsen your memory. ...Read more

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Is Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) the only medication that can help with short term memory and productivity? Is there anything else that won't blunt feelings and emotions?

Is Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) the only medication that can help with short term memory and productivity? Is there anything else that won't blunt feelings and emotions?

Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine): Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is just one brand of amphetamines indicated/approved for use in treating attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder. It is also used for narcolepsy. There are many other drugs approved for ADHD. Check out http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/guide/adhd-medication-chart & http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/adhd-medical-treatment. Then discuss your diagnosis & concerns w/prescribing doc. ...Read more