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How is memory loss treated?

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Treatment for memory loss depends on the cause. In many cases, it may be reversible with treatment. For example, memory loss from medications may resolve itself with a change in medication. Nutritional supplements can be useful against memory loss caused by a nutritional deficiency. Treating depression may be helpful for memory when depression is a factor. In some cases -- such as following a stroke -- therapy may help people remember how to do certain tasks such as walking or tying shoes. In others, memory may improve over time.

Treatments may also be specific to conditions related to memory loss. For example, drugs are available to treat memory problems related to Alzheimer's disease, and drugs to help lower blood pressure can help reduce risk of more brain damage from dementia related to high blood pressure.

From: Memory Loss WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Baxendale, S. , December 2004. British Medical Journal

FDA: "Coping with Memory Loss."

University of Buffalo The State University of New York: "How to keep and improve memory."

KidsHealth: "Memory Matters."

WomensHealth.gov: "Stroke Fact Sheet."

University of Washington Neuroscience for Kids: "The Blood Supply of the Brain."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Dementia."

Alzheimer's Association: "Medications for Memory Loss."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 9, 2017

SOURCES:

Baxendale, S. , December 2004. British Medical Journal

FDA: "Coping with Memory Loss."

University of Buffalo The State University of New York: "How to keep and improve memory."

KidsHealth: "Memory Matters."

WomensHealth.gov: "Stroke Fact Sheet."

University of Washington Neuroscience for Kids: "The Blood Supply of the Brain."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Dementia."

Alzheimer's Association: "Medications for Memory Loss."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 9, 2017

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