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Ask the doctor: Is there a pill for mild cognitive impairment?

Q. My doctor just diagnosed me with mild cognitive impairment, which has been quite upsetting. She told me that there isn't any medication to take that will keep this from getting worse. But I know of someone with this same problem who is taking a pill for it. Is my doctor right?

A. I can see how this could be distressing to you. However, your doctor is right. There is no evidence that for people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) taking any sort of pill—prescription or otherwise—prevents their memory problems from getting worse.

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