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Mild Cognitive Impairment

Currently, there is no specific treatment for mild cognitive impairment (MCI). As new treatments for Alzheimer's disease are developed, these treatments may be tested on patients with MCI. If experimental treatments help slow cognitive decline, the early diagnosis of MCI will become increasingly important.

Keep in mind that some drugs may impair memory, especially in the elderly. Examples of these drugs are Valium, Ativan, Benadryl, Tylenol PM and Advil PM that contain Benadryl, Cogentin and many others. A careful assessment of medications is essential.

Other potential causes for memory impairment, such as vitamin deficiencies or thyroid disease, may be discovered and treated in the evaluation.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.

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