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Health Tip: What Causes Memory Loss?


HealthDay News
Updated: Dec 4th 2018

(HealthDay News) -- Mild memory issues are common from time to time, especially as you age, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

The agency says anything that affects the processes of thinking and learning can affect memory.

It mentions these common causes of memory loss:

  • Certain drugs can interfere with memory, including over-the-counter and prescription sleeping pills, antihistamines, anti-anxiety medications, antidepressants, schizophrenia medications and pain medicines.
  • Heavy alcohol use can cause a deficiency in vitamin B1, which can affect memory.
  • Stress, particularly because of emotional trauma, can trigger memory loss.
  • Depression may trigger a lack of attention and focus that can affect memory.
  • A blow to the head can trigger memory loss.
  • People with HIV, tuberculosis, syphilis, herpes and other infections affecting the brain may have memory problems.
  • An underactive or overactive thyroid can impact memory.
  • Lack of quality sleep can affect memory.
  • Deficiencies of vitamins B1 or B12 can affect memory.