Does Lithium Cause Memory Loss?


Asked by morningstar

Does Lithium Cause Memory Loss?

My bad memory has always been a side effect of my depression, I've been on lithium for a little over a week now and I've noticed my short term memory is getting worse. Does one have anything to do with the other?


Hi Morningstar:

My first question would be this; what does your psychiatrist say?

Any medication can cause side effects such as fatigue, memory problems, etc, but you may have other things going on that are interfering with your memory, such as additional stress.

You can read about lithium here.


Dr. Diana Walcutt

Answered by Diana L. Walcutt, M.D.