(HealthDay News) — Mild memory issues are common from time to time, especially as you age, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

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The agency says anything that affects the processes of thinking and learning can affect memory.

It mentions these common causes of memory loss:

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  • Certain drugs can interfere with memory, including over-the-counter and prescription sleeping pills, antihistamines, anti-anxiety medications, antidepressants, schizophrenia medications and pain medicines.
  • Heavy alcohol use can cause a deficiency in vitamin B1, which can affect memory.
  • Stress, particularly because of emotional trauma, can trigger memory loss.
  • Depression may trigger a lack of attention and focus that can affect memory.
  • A blow to the head can trigger memory loss.
  • People with HIV, tuberculosis, syphilis, herpes and other infections affecting the brain may have memory problems.
  • An underactive or overactive thyroid can impact memory.
  • Lack of quality sleep can affect memory.
  • Deficiencies of vitamins B1 or B12 can affect memory.

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