(HealthDay News) -- Mild memory issues are common from time to time, especially as you age, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.
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The agency says anything that affects the processes of thinking and learning can affect memory.
It mentions these common causes of memory loss:
- Certain drugs can interfere with memory, including over-the-counter and prescription sleeping pills, antihistamines, anti-anxiety medications, antidepressants, schizophrenia medications and pain medicines.
- Heavy alcohol use can cause a deficiency in vitamin B1, which can affect memory.
- Stress, particularly because of emotional trauma, can trigger memory loss.
- Depression may trigger a lack of attention and focus that can affect memory.
- A blow to the head can trigger memory loss.
- People with HIV, tuberculosis, syphilis, herpes and other infections affecting the brain may have memory problems.
- An underactive or overactive thyroid can impact memory.
- Lack of quality sleep can affect memory.
- Deficiencies of vitamins B1 or B12 can affect memory.
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