Could Long Term Paxil Use Cause Alzeimers?

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Could Long Term Paxil Use Cause Alzeimers?

Could the use of paxil for long term cause Alzeimers?

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You mentioned you wonder if the long term use of Paxil could cause Alzheimer's disease. The exact cause of Alzheimer's disease is still under debate and research has not demonstrated a correlation between the use of Paxil and developing Alzheimer's disease at this time. An accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia is critical since there are other causes of memory problems that could exhibit the same symptoms. For instance, memory loss can be caused by treatable conditions such as vitamin deficiencies, depression or thyroid problems. However, it can also be caused by conditions such as Alzheimer's disease.

In order to properly diagnosis probable Alzheimer's disease or another condition, a series of tests need to be completed. An individual needs to have their medical and psychiatric history reviewed to learn if there are any pre-existing conditions that could be contributing to these symptoms. A physical examination is then used to decide if there are any medical problems such as brain tumors and brain injuries, or even dehydration. A blood test is used to assess for problems including medication side-effects, infections, a hormone imbalance, and malnutrition. Once these assessments are completed the doctor may then recommend seeing a specialist such as a neurologist or neuro-psychiatrist, for a brain scan such as an MRI or CT scan.