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Hi, everyone.

 

I have nice cocktail of drugs for multiple issues--Depression, Migraines, GERD, Allergies, High BP, ADHD.

 

I have always been a little absent-minded about little things, for example, I used to put an empty jug of milk back in the fridge. I would also leave things in one place while I did something and then forget to take it with me.  However, it seems that over time this has gotten work.  I have completely missed a doctor's appointment (only one so far) and almost missed another by a few minutes.  During Graduate school I have forgotten to do at least one homework assignment.  At home, I forget to do chores or make phone calls or record my migraines.

 

The problem at the moment is that my husband and I are using a points system with our daughter.  I forget to write down points earned or used.  I also forget to check the number of points she has earned when she wants to do something that requires points, such as watching TV. On the other hand, I do remember birthdays, address, etc.

 

My question is does anyone know if any of the drugs I am currently taking  (see my signature) could be causing this absent-mindedness. I hadn't really thought about a connection between my meds and the drugs and so I haven't had a chance to talk to my doctors about it.  Still would like to know if anyone has had the same experience or has heard anything.

 

Thanks, 

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Lamictal can cause problems like these. If you've started it fairly recently the absent-mindedness might pass. It did for me after a few months. Benzo's make me absent-minded when I take them, so it could be the Ativan, too. I'd say it's a fairly common problem with both types of drug.

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I have been on one or another antidepressant or mood stabiliser for years now and I know my brain was better before I started (i.e I had more intelligence and a better memory).  I can't point to one particular pill but I do know I am mentally sharper when off meds.  Of course, I don't always feel great otherwise without meds but I guess there is some pay off.  Sucks that meds have bad effects/side effects but they are a form of poison after all, just at a therapeutic level....

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The absent-mindedness has been going on for a while. I would say it was mild when I was younger. Putting empty milk jugs back in the fridge and staring off into space or out the window when class got boring.  However, I would not forget important school work and religiously used a planner. As an adult I was good at remembering appointments without necessarily writing them down.  Since I was diagnosed with depression and my migraines came back for good (I had 6 year break.) I have forgotten a couple of doctors appointments, meeting with friends for lunch, doing stuff that my husband needed me to do, forgetting where I leave keys, sunglassess, wallets, etc.  I can't keep up with my daughter's homework even though I have read the assignment sheet a couple of hours before.  I am trying to use my phone more frequently, but I sometimes don't hear the alarm or notifications. 

 

I was diagnosed with a mild version of ADD, but I don't think I had this much trouble before I was on all the meds.  Either way, I was just curious what other peoples experiences had been. This is not something I am obsessing about, but it has led to my husband getting upset with me for forgetting important things i.e. how we handle my daughter's misbehavior, etc. 

 

Thanks, 

Sandra

 

 

 

 

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Depakote caused me to literally forget what I was saying and thinking right in the middle of a sentence.  I was taking a high dose because of a manic episode.  I don't have any help for forgetting your child's point system.  My dh and I found we were miserable failures at keeping a point system when the kids were little.

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Depakote caused me to literally forget what I was saying and thinking right in the middle of a sentence.  I was taking a high dose because of a manic episode.  I don't have any help for forgetting your child's point system.  My dh and I found we were miserable failures at keeping a point system when the kids were little.

 

I am like this. I could be talking or doing something and I have a blank and cannot remember what I am doing/saying. I told pdoc about it last time I saw her and asked her what meds could be causing this. She said it was very likely to be a symptom of my illness (Bipolar). I'm not sure I am convinced though. Oh well

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