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Pain and other medication and memory loss
Posted: Sunday, September 8, 2013 5:32 PM
Joined: 9/3/2013
Posts: 5

I'm wondering if the pain meds and anxiety meds I'm currently on are affecting my short term memory...Any input on this subject?
Lane Simonian
Posted: Sunday, September 8, 2013 5:40 PM
Joined: 12/12/2011
Posts: 5158

Which ones are you taking? Here is some information on medications that can have a negative effect on memory. 


There were 68 reports observed on the treatment for anxiety and insomnia, called benzodiazepines [such as Ativan], which showed that these drugs constantly cause impairments in memory and concentration, with an obvious dose-response connection.

After analyzing 15 trials on tricyclic antidepressants and 12 trials on antihistamines, the researchers discovered that they both cause deficits in attention and information processing.