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I've been having problem to find the words I know in my vocabulary, I would feel as if my brain all of a sudden becomes a hallow skull, I would lose track of my thoughts and my words when I'm having a conversation with people. I know I know that vocabulary, it'll be about 5 seconds for me to finally "find it", the word I was trying to say. This happens with my typing/writing too. I know I know how to spell the word (especially when hand writing), I just cannot spell right, but I KNOW I spelled that word right hundreds of time. My roommate says I might have the young onset of Alzelmer. Well...I'm 52...Why do I have these cognitive problem? I'm also bipolar type 2 been on meds for more than a decade. Ever since I got on antidepressants these memory lapse, having a hard time to find the word I want to say, then when Seroquel was added to my "cocktail" there's more and more brain fart. 4 months ago, I started on generic Xanax (the round one) and Ambien....these 2 REALLY affect my cognitive ability, I have no problem with understand what people say and no problem reading news online or books, I just have these more and more frequent brain fart, now to the point of I have to stop for several seconds trying hard to search in my brain the word I wanted to use. I'm wondering does this sound like taking medications or warning of early onset of Alzemer?
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I'm sorry to hear that you have been suffering for "word finding". The two medications you've been taking (Ambien and Xanax) are known to cause these side effects, and can mimic dementia. In fact, the combination of both of these mediations amplifies the side effects. My impression is that these 2 medications are the most likely cause of your symptoms. In fact, when a person is evaluated by a neurologist for possible dementia, the first recommendation to the doctor will provide is for that person to stop all medications that are known to cause dementia-like side effects.

It would be useful for you to discuss this further with the doctor who prescribes your medications. There are other alternative medications that can be used for sleep and or anxiety. Please let me know if you have any thoughts, or questions that I can answer for you.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
I suspected it was these 2 as well, so I've stopped taking them for about 2 or 3 weeks now only on an as needed basis, I stopped taking them every night for over a month now. I switched to cannobis CBD oil and edibles for sleep now, they work REALLY well for me to sleep. Does CBD oil cause the dememtial like symptoms too?

That's a good question. The current studies for CBD oil are still in progress, but there have been no reported Alzheimer's like symptoms associated with its use. I'm glad that its helping you.

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