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Medication and Memory Loss

Published on 15 April 2016

Concerned that medication could lead to memory loss, Fox 2 News turned to Matt Pitlick, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy for answers.

In an interview on the morning news, Pitlick spoke about the likelihood medications would cause forgetfulness or more serious memory impairment. He explained to anchor John Pertzborn that memory loss is a rare side effect, but it is most commonly a result of medications that affect sleep such as antidepressants, antihistamines, or sleeping pills.

Pitlick stressed the importance of patients, pharmacists, and physicians working together to communicate openly about potential side effects before prescribing medications. He also wants patients to consult with their pharmacist or physician before discontinuing their medication routines.

Watch the entire interview on the Fox 2 website.

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