PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What are drugs that can cause symptoms that looks like Alzheimer's?

ANSWER

Many drugs -- like antihistamines, anti-nausea medicine, steroids, and bladder relaxants -- can cause symptoms that look like dementia or Alzheimer’s. This is a greater risk for older people.

The older you get, the harder your body has to work to fight the toxic effects of some drugs. Plus, you may need to take more than one drug at a time, and they can interact with each other and cause side effects like confusion.

If you think a medicine you take is hurting your memory or slowing your thoughts, talk to your doctor.

SOURCES:

Alzheimer's Association: "Delirium or Dementia -- Do You Know the Difference?"

Alzheimer's Society: "Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) and Dementia."

Bright Focus Foundation: "'Is It Something I'm Taking?' Medications That Can Mimic Dementia."

CDC: "Lyme Disease," "Signs and Symptoms of Untreated Lyme Disease."

Columbia University Medical Center Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center: "Symptoms and Signs."

Harvard Medical School Health Publications: "Vitamin B12 Deficiency Can Be Sneaky, Harmful."

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health: "Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Causes and Symptoms."

Hormone Health Network: "What Does the Thyroid Gland Do?"

LymeDisease.org: "Lyme Disease Treatment."

Mayo Clinic: "Alzheimer's or depression: Could it be both?" "Hypoglycemia."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Hypoglycemia."

NHS Choices: "Underactive Thyroid (hypothyroidism) Treatment," "Overactive Thyroid Treatment."

Social Care Institute for Excellence: "Dementia-like Symptoms: What Else Could It Be?"

Thyroid Foundation of Canada: "The Thyroid and the Mind and Emotions/Thyroid Dysfunctions and Mental Disorders."

University of California San Francisco: "Frontotemporal Dementia: Differential Diagnosis."

Vestibular Disorders Association: "The Psychology of Vestibular Disorders."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 4, 2018

SOURCES:

Alzheimer's Association: "Delirium or Dementia -- Do You Know the Difference?"

Alzheimer's Society: "Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) and Dementia."

Bright Focus Foundation: "'Is It Something I'm Taking?' Medications That Can Mimic Dementia."

CDC: "Lyme Disease," "Signs and Symptoms of Untreated Lyme Disease."

Columbia University Medical Center Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center: "Symptoms and Signs."

Harvard Medical School Health Publications: "Vitamin B12 Deficiency Can Be Sneaky, Harmful."

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health: "Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Causes and Symptoms."

Hormone Health Network: "What Does the Thyroid Gland Do?"

LymeDisease.org: "Lyme Disease Treatment."

Mayo Clinic: "Alzheimer's or depression: Could it be both?" "Hypoglycemia."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Hypoglycemia."

NHS Choices: "Underactive Thyroid (hypothyroidism) Treatment," "Overactive Thyroid Treatment."

Social Care Institute for Excellence: "Dementia-like Symptoms: What Else Could It Be?"

Thyroid Foundation of Canada: "The Thyroid and the Mind and Emotions/Thyroid Dysfunctions and Mental Disorders."

University of California San Francisco: "Frontotemporal Dementia: Differential Diagnosis."

Vestibular Disorders Association: "The Psychology of Vestibular Disorders."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 4, 2018

NEXT QUESTION:

What are N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonists?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.