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Medicine for Memory Loss

Sandeep Dhanyamraju MD
Medically reviewed by Sandeep Dhanyamraju
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Sandeep Dhanyamraju MD
Medically reviewed by Sandeep Dhanyamraju

Forgetfulness, loss of concentration, and the like can happen to anyone. And it happens regardless of human age. Such problems are associated with memory loss. It can be due to a variety of factors. It includes aging, stress, medical conditions, and lifestyle choices. And the most important thing, in this case, is to take medicine for memory loss on time. Several drugs are available for memory loss, including cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine:

  • Cholinesterase inhibitors are medications that increase the levels of acetylcholine in the brain. It plays a key role in memory and learning. 
  • On the other hand, memantine works by regulating glutamate activity. It is a neurotransmitter that is involved in memory and learning.

These medications are typically for people with mild to moderate memory loss. It can be conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. However, it is crucial to note that these memory loss treatments may not work for everyone. You need to consult a doctor to be sure of the exact medication for yourself.

 

Tips to Deal with Losing Memory

Are you worried about memory loss because of aging? Or do you have trouble concentrating? Millions of people around the world experience memory loss every day. But in some, it turns into a disease, and in some, it is due to sleep or concentration disorders. If the brain’s neurons remain alive, then the memory is okay. This way, you can restore your memory and keep it in good condition. In what ways? Read the following tips on it:

  • Follow a healthy diet

Eat foods rich in antioxidants, vitamin E, healthy fats, and zinc for better brain function. First of all, pay attention to oily fish. It has many benefits for brain function. Salmon, trout, tuna, and sardines are also good. They all contain omega-3 fatty acids. They help the brain produce nerve cells because they act as memories medicine. And also, they slow down the mental decline that inevitably comes with age.

  • Adjust your sleep

The brain needs concentration to remember information better. When you don’t get enough sleep, your memory activity drops to a deficient level. So, try to sleep an average number of hours. And also fall asleep at the same time every day.

  • Train your memory regularly

An excellent analog to memory loss treatment is memorizing one verse weekly. If not, get to know the words of your favorite poet. Remember the verse you learned on the way to work. Or learn a couple of foreign words every day. It helps to adjust your recollection and avoid further memory loss.

  • Take medication

One of the best tips is medicine for memory loss. But you need to select them strictly with a doctor. Only doctors can choose the correct version of drugs and maintain your health.

Remember that each person’s experience with memory loss is unique. What works for one person may not work for another. So, it’s crucial to be patient with yourself and take the time to find strategies that work finest for you.

 

Can Medication Help Slow Memory Loss?

None of the medications can cure memory loss. Even with proper memory loss treatment, this disease will continue and will not go away. However, some medications can slow down memory loss. They do not stop the disease, but they slow down its progression.

One class of drugs to improve memory is cholinesterase inhibitors. They work by inhibiting the breakdown of acetylcholine in the brain. Thus, it increases the available levels of this neurotransmitter.

It is important to note that while these medications can help slow memory loss, they can not reverse or cure the underlying causes of cognitive decline. Additionally, these drugs may come with possible side effects. For example, it can manifest itself in the form of nausea, diarrhea, and headaches. So, it is crucial to consult a healthcare professional before starting any new medication to treat memory loss. It is forbidden to choose medicine for memory loss on your own. Do not choose to self-medicate, and do not try to fight this problem yourself. It is better to consult doctors, especially neurologists. They can identify the symptoms early and prescribe a suitable treatment.

 

Types of Drugs to Improve Memory

drugs to improve memory

Note: You need to strictly use all the medicines listed below according to the doctor’s prescription. DO NOT self-medicate or prescribe these drugs at your own will. Self-medication can be harmful to your health.

Memory loss and cognitive impairment can be frustrating and challenging experiences. It is mainly for people with conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. While there is no cure for these disorders, several drugs to improve memory can help you. One of the most common types of medicines is cholinesterase inhibitors. Antidepressants, anxiolytics, and certain natural supplements also improve memory and cognitive function. 

Sometimes patients with memory loss do brain exercises, solve puzzles, and the like. But this is not enough to slow down memory loss. So, there are several types of memory medicine to help you improve memory loss. Some commonly used ones include:

1.Cholinesterase inhibitors

These medicines for memory loss work by increasing acetylcholine in the brain. Examples include donepezil, rivastigmine, and galantamine. They are a neurotransmitter involved in memory:

  • In the brain, they are released by certain neurons. It helps to transmit signals between nerve cells. 
  • By increasing the levels of acetylcholine, cholinesterase inhibitors help improve cognitive function. 
  • This way, it enhances memory, concentration, and thinking abilities.

2. Memantine

Memantine is a medication used to treat memory loss and cognitive impairment associated with conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. It works by blocking the activity of a neurotransmitter called glutamate. Very often, doctors prescribe this memory loss treatment combined with cholinesterase inhibitors. It provides a more comprehensive approach to treating cognitive impairment. Memantine blocks a specific type of glutamate receptor called the NMDA:

  • It is involved in the excessive activation of glutamate. 
  • By blocking this receptor, memantine helps to regulate the activity of glutamate in the brain. 
  • It acts as a protection for brain cells from damage.

Besides its effects on glutamate, memantine also has neuroprotective effects. This way, this memory medicine helps improve blood flow to the brain. 

3. Ginkgo biloba

It is a natural supplement thought to improve blood flow to the brain. Also, it protects against oxidative stress, which can contribute to memory decline:

  • Ginkgo biloba also has anti-inflammatory effects. 
  • It can help reduce brain inflammation that contributes to memory failure. 
  • Besides, ginkgo biloba protects brain cells from damage caused by free radicals.

While some studies have suggested that Ginkgo biloba can positively affect memory, the evidence is not clear. Because doctors need more research to understand its effectiveness fully. It is also important to note that this drug, to improve memory, can interact with other medications. But to ensure it, you need to consult with your doctor. Only they know what medicine for memory loss is best and safe for you.

4. Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a natural supplement and antioxidant. It is sometimes used to treat memory loss and cognitive impairment. It is another medicine for memory loss to protect against memory decline:

  • Vitamin E helps protect cells from damage caused by free radicals and stress.
  • Studies have suggested that vitamin E has neuroprotective effects. 
  • Exactly this helps to protect brain cells and promote their survival. 
  • Besides, it provides good blood flow to the brain. 
  • So, with the consumption of vitamin E, you can make your brain healthier.

It is important to note that these memory medicines are not suitable for everyone. Because each person accepts drugs differently. So, only your healthcare provider can give the right medication prescription.

 

What Can Cause Memory Loss?

memory loss causes

Medical conditions, lifestyle choices, and natural aging processes can cause memory loss. Sometimes these phenomena are normal age-related changes in the human body. And with its appearance, people just take a course of memory medicine for prevention. But memory deterioration can often indicate degenerative diseases. And the reasons for the appearance of memory loss can be:

  • Aging

As you age, your brain’s ability to process information can decline.

  • Sleep deprivation

Lack of sleep can badly affect cognitive function.

  • Medical conditions

Medical conditions like Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and brain injuries can cause memory loss.

  • Stress and anxiety

Chronic stress and anxiety can affect memory function and impair cognitive abilities.

  • Nutritional deficiencies

Deficiencies in specific nutrients can cause memory loss. It refers to vitamin B12 and folate. 

  • Head injuries

Traumatic brain injuries can cause cognitive impairment.

  • Hormonal changes

Changes in hormones, such as those that occur during menopause, can affect memory function.

  • Substance abuse

Alcohol and drug abuse can damage the brain and lead to memory loss.

That is, there are many reasons for memory loss. And it is almost impossible to detect it on your own. So, at the appearance of the slightest symptoms of memory loss, contact specialists. They will find the correct drugs to improve your memory. So, it will help to stop or slow down your problem in time. 

 

A Word From Lone Star Neurologists

Problems with memory and thinking can arise at any time in your life. And there can be many reasons for this, among which the most popular are neurological. So, to detect this problem early, visit Lone Star Neurologists regularly. Our wide experience will help you get your health back to its best state. And our newest approach to medicine will preserve your memory for a long time.

 

FAQ

  • What is the main cause of memory loss?

It’s impossible to identify a specific cause for memory loss. After all, there are many of them, and they are all different. But among the popular options are alcohol, brain diseases, and emotional disorders.

  • What drugs help improve memory?

Cholinesterase inhibitors are popular drugs that help improve memory loss. They have a positive effect on brain function and enhance memorization.

  • What is the new prescription medication for memory loss?

Aducanumab is the new prescription medication for memory loss. Doctors only recently approved it. They say it is good for treating Alzheimer’s and dementia.

  • Does age affect memory loss?

Yes. During aging, changes occur in the brain. Some of them lead to memory loss. But it happens to everyone individually.

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Edward Medina
Edward Medina
15:34 30 Jun 22
Just such an amazing staff that makes you feel like part of their family. I’ve been going there for over 5 years now... and each visit I get the very best care and treatments that I have ever received in the 20+ years that I’ve been dealing with severe debilitating migraines. Since i started seeing them the number of my migraines has dropped from 15-20 a month to 2-3 every 3 month. I highly recommend them …they will change your life!read more
Daneisha Johnson
Daneisha Johnson
22:20 19 May 22
Dr. Askari was very kind and explained everything so I could understand. The other staff were nice as well. I would... have gave 5 stars but I was a little taken aback when I checked in and had to pay 600.00 upfront. I think that should have been discussed in a appointment confirmation call or email just so I could have been prepared.read more
Jean Cooper
Jean Cooper
16:54 29 Apr 22
I love the office staff they are friendly and very helpful. Dr. JODIE is very caring and understanding to your needs... and wants to help you. I will go back. would recommend Dr. Dr. Jodie to other Patients in a heart beat. The team works well together.read more
Linda M
Linda M
19:40 02 Apr 22
I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
Leslie Durham
Leslie Durham
15:05 01 Apr 22
I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
Monica Del Bosque
Monica Del Bosque
14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your business.read more
Ron Buckholz
Ron Buckholz
23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
Steve Nabavi
Steve Nabavi
16:28 16 Mar 22
It was a nice visit. Happy staff doing all they can do to comfort the patients in a very calming environment. You ask... me they are earned a big gold star on the fridge. My only complaint they didn't give me any cookies.read more
Katie Lewis
Katie Lewis
16:10 10 Feb 22
Had very positive appointments with Jodie and Dr. Sheth for my migraine care. Jodie was so fast with the injections and... has so much valuable info. I started to feel light headed during checkout and the staff was SO helpful—giving me a chair, water, and taking me into a private room until I felt better. Highly recommend this practice for migraine patients, they know what they’re doing!!read more
Joshua Martinez
Joshua Martinez
16:02 10 Dec 21
I was scheduled to be checked and just want to say that the staff was fantastic. They were kind and helpful. I was... asked many questions related to what was going on and not once did I feel as though I was being brushed off. The front desk staff was especially great in assisting me. I'm scheduled to go back for a mri and am glad that I'll be going there.read more
Isabel Ivy
Isabel Ivy
21:42 03 Nov 21
I had such a good experience with Lone Star Neurology, Brent my MRI Tech was so awesome and made sure I was very... comfortable during the appointment. He gave me ear plugs, a pillow, leg support and blanket, easiest MRI ever lol 🤣 My 72 hour EEG nurse Amanda was also so awesome. She made sure I was take care of over the 3 days and took her time with the electrodes to make sure it was comfortable for me! Paige was also a huge help in answering all my questions when it came to my test results, and letting me know her honest opinions about how I should go forth with my treatment.read more
Leslie Luce
Leslie Luce
17:37 20 Oct 21
The professionalism and want to help attitude of this office was present from the moment I contacted them. The follow... up and follow through as well as their willingness to find a way to schedule my dad was above and beyond. We visited two offices in the same day with the same experience. I am appreciative of this—we spend a lot of time with doctors and this was top notch start to finish.read more
robert Parker
robert Parker
16:38 16 Apr 21
I love going to this office. The staff is friendly and helpful. The doctor is great. I am getting the best... neurological tests and treatment I have ever had. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is because it is impossible to reach a live person at the office to reschedule appointments. Every time I have tried to get through to the office it says all people are busy and I am sent to a voicemail. If they could get their phone answering fixed, I would give them a strong 5 stars.read more
MaryAnn Hornbaker
MaryAnn Hornbaker
00:26 25 Feb 21
Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his staff.read more
Roger Arguello
Roger Arguello
03:05 29 Jan 21
Always courteous, professional. The staff is very friendly and always work with you to find the best appointment time.... The care team has been great. Always taking the time to listen to your concerns and to find the best treatment.read more
Margaret Rowland
Margaret Rowland
01:12 27 Jan 21
I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my doctor.read more
Susan Miller
Susan Miller
03:01 13 Jan 21
My husband had an accident 5 years ago and Lone Star Neurology has been such a blessing to us with my husbands care.... Jodie Moore is his provider and she is amazing! Jodie is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She takes her time with you, making sure your needs are met and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. Lone Star Neurology’s patients are very lucky to have Jodie providing their care. Thank you Lone Star Neurology and especially Jodie for everything you have done for us. Jodie, you are the best!read more
Windalyn C
Windalyn C
01:32 09 Jan 21
Jodie is wonderful. She is very caring and knowledgeable. I have been to over a dozen neurologists, and none were able... to help me as much as they have here. Thanks!read more
Katie Kordel
Katie Kordel
00:40 09 Jan 21
Jodi Moore, nurse practitioner, is amazing. I have suffered from frequent, debilitating headaches for almost 20 years.... She has provided the best proactive and responsive care I have ever received. My quality of life has been greatly improved by her caring approach and tenacity in finding solutions.read more
Ellie Natsis
Ellie Natsis
15:41 07 Jan 21
I have had the best experience at this neurologist's office! For over a year I have been receiving iv treatments here... each month and my nurse, Bobbie is beyond wonderful!! She's so attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and detail oriented. She makes an otherwise uncomfortable experience much more pleasant and definitely puts me at ease! She also helps me with my insurance,ordering this specialty medication and dealing with the ordering process which is no easy feat.Needless to say, she goes above a beyond in every way and I'm so grateful to this office and to Bobbie for all they do for me!read more
Matt Morris
Matt Morris
15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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