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Anterograde amnesia

I read one of the negative effects of neuropathic pain medication could be anterograde amnesia, which freaks me out completely. Anyone has some information / experience on this?


  • Anterograde amnesia is a fancy term for blackout, like when you black out from alcohol. Tranquillisers and sleeping pills have this side-effect, too (Ambien, Xanax etc.). It is not the kind of amnesia from the movies, where you forget your whole past. That is retrograde amnesia. An example of this anterograde would be taking an Ambien, waking up the next morning and finding cookie crumbs in the bed and empty cookie boxes but having no memory of eating cookies in your bed.

    It's probably not something worth worrying about, I don't think it's a super common side-effect with neuropathic pain meds. Certainly no where near as much as benzos or sleeping pills.
  • So the effect is reversible. But with alcohol blackouts people don't do it on a daily basis, otherwise there might be some permanent effects, it seems.
  • It is reversible. If you experienced it, your doctor would simply change the medication. It is not likely to happen either. Certainly not a common reaction. Every drug has some freaky rare side-effect it can cause. It's not worth worrying about them generally because they are so unlikely to happen. Your doctor will way up the risks against the benefits the drug is expected to have for you when he decides what to prescribe.
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