Fast Five Quiz: Memory Loss

Helmi L. Lutsep, MD


April 10, 2019

Statins are often prescribed to patients to lower high cholesterol. Medications that lower cholesterol blood levels may impair memory through reduction of brain levels of cholesterol. Because lipids are essential to forming connections between nerve cells, memory and other mental processes may be affected by statin use. Such memory loss reverses when the statin medication is stopped.

Although anticoagulants such as warfarin may not specifically confer clinically important protection against cognitive decline, their role in the treatment of atrial fibrillation make them valuable in certain patients. The US Food and Drug Administration has approved cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine to treat cognitive symptoms associated with Alzheimer disease, including memory loss.

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