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#1 silvergymnasium

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Posted 19 January 2019 - 10:26 AM


I've been on this site on and off for the past few years.  I've read a lot and I know the answer to this is to probably 'do my own research' but it can be a bit overwhelming as there are so many options out there.

 

I'm looking for things I can try, primarily, to improve, or prevent any further decline, in short term memory.  Any boosts in relation to anxiety, depression would be a welcome extra.

 

When I was a teenager I was prescribed Lexapro for anxiety and ever since I took that, my short term memory has been terrible.  I think I was probably prescribed this too young while my brain was still developing.  I don't know if Lexapro is linked to brain damage / memory problems, or whether I just got unlucky.  The timing of my taking of the drug and the onset of my memory problems make this too convincing for me to be written off as a coincidence.

 

I can still function day to day and work full time but I do miss the things I took for granted.  I can go into details on the kind of memory problems I have if this would help.

 

But anyway I am looking for things I can try that might help.  I suppose I am looking for a miracle because I don't think there's anything out there that can reverse damage already done.

 

I'm also wondering whether I should get professional advice.  Would an MRI brain scan reveal anything?  People talk about gene tests on here quite a lot, but I have no idea if they're offered (I'm in the UK).  GP here would generally just prescribe a random anti-depressant with no research on compatibility - which is what messed me up in the first place.

 

I have tried in the past rosea rhodiola which had a stimulating effect for me, but as has often been reported, the effects started to diminish after a few weeks and I never got back to how it felt initially.  It didn't help with memory but it was good for anxiety for a while.  I kind of gave up with trying things after that for a few years until recently when I tried the Mind Lab Pro stack - this thing was horrible and I had to stop it after a few days - there's so much stuff in there, it's impossible to know which things I didn't react well to - so from now on stacks are definitely off the table and I'll be looking to try initially one new thing at a time and build it up / rotate.

 

Thanks for any recommendations

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted 19 January 2019 - 11:11 AM

I'm sure I've missed a few, but here's a list of supplements and meds that help memory:

 

Thyroid hormone (thyroid deficiency is one of the most common causes of memory problems in younger people)

Uridine
Citicoline
Alpha-GPC
Huperzine-A
Acetylcarnitine
Bacopa Monnieri
Berberine
Lithium Orotate
PQQ
Piracetam
Pramiracetam
Noopept
Hydergine
Pregnenalone
 
It's difficult to make specific recommendations without knowing a lot more about your situation. 
 
Personally, I would stay away from the racetams, especially since you've had problems with other drugs.
 
Whether a brain MRI would be warranted depends on whether you have any significant neurological symptoms. If it's memory alone, it's unlikely an MRI would show anything.

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Posted 19 January 2019 - 11:18 AM

It looks like Lexapro can have minor (not significant) effects on thyroid function. If you were borderline-low before taking it, it's possible it pushed you over the edge:

 

https://www.ijmrhs.c...lege-13154.html

 

Have you had your thyroid levels checked recently?

 



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Posted 19 January 2019 - 11:40 AM

thanks for the response.  yes, my thyroid results were normal.



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Posted 19 January 2019 - 01:46 PM

In my experience an MRI would probably not reveal anything. I even had an fMRI

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Posted 19 January 2019 - 06:53 PM

 

I'm sure I've missed a few, but here's a list of supplements and meds that help memory:

 

Thyroid hormone (thyroid deficiency is one of the most common causes of memory problems in younger people)

Uridine
Citicoline
Alpha-GPC
Huperzine-A
Acetylcarnitine
Bacopa Monnieri
Berberine
Lithium Orotate
PQQ
Piracetam
Pramiracetam
Noopept
Hydergine
Pregnenalone
 

 

i tried some of those and some did help for anxiety/depression, but pregnanalone made it much worse after a single dose. be aware.

some people react badly to anything choline.

i had good results lately with agmatine and would recommend it for anxiety/depression and memory, because as we all know, memory falters in anxiety/depression.

 

i don't have experience with lexapro, but could it be a rebound effect after you stopped it?


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Posted 20 January 2019 - 01:38 AM

i tried some of those and some did help for anxiety/depression, but pregnanalone made it much worse after a single dose. be aware.

some people react badly to anything choline.

 

Yeah, as with many supplements and meds, people tend to have a pretty wide range of reactions / responses. Some people swear by racetams; personally, they do nothing positive for me. I'm definitely sensitive to anything choline-related, as well, but again, it works wonders for some. It all depends on your personal biochemistry, nutrient status, genetic predisposition, current environment, diet, and many other factors. The best most of us can do is experiment starting with things that have worked well for others, which generally means a lot of trial-and-error.



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Posted 20 January 2019 - 01:55 AM

Choline gives me a panic attack when I start a course with the 1st tablet then I calm down. I don't understand that

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Posted 20 January 2019 - 01:57 AM

I can take the rest of the tablets without that reaction

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 08:32 PM

Any thoughts on Pycnogenol ?







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