I hope you get more responses because I'd like to know the same thing. I really don't thing they cause Alzheimer's or Dementia but memory loss can be quite varied in degree. I've been on Xanax .5mg for anxiety, agitation, depression for about 2 years. About 6 months ago I've found that my memory is profound compounded by disorientation. Like you, I lose things break china and glassware regularly. Don't know the day of the week the date and even the time of day. Just the other night I had taken a nap woke up and jumped on here thinking it was 7:30am. I must have fell asleep again because next thing I knew it was 12:15. So I'm thinking if it's 12:15 in the afternoon why is it pitch dark outside. Well I sure you can guess the answer. I'd been on the computer at 7:30pm and it was 12:15 after midnight. That's really scary. I forgot to add I've noticed my condition (confusion) has gotten worse since I asked for Zanax 1mg instead of .5mg. Also I've recently had a few minor fender benders so I realize this dose is too much. Anyway, I'm going for surgery on July 12 and after a reasonable amount of time when I am able I will be seeking a drug withdrawal program with the help of a medical professional.
I am in a "depression class" (thanks Kaiser), and they say memory loss is very common with depression. With all the physical problems & meds to deal with them, who wouldn't be depressed?????
I started on anti-depressants after 3 years sober, still very very depressed. It helps for a while, then stopped. I realize my entire life I have been depressed, and now have Fibromyalgia, and take Wellbutrin for that. But nos I am getting off Subutex, then Soma (a muscle relaxant which is undoubtedly a downer). I already have flu-like symptoms, which of course ARE DEPRESSING. I want to get thru it.
I am 56 and feel like life is passing me by. Lonely, isolated, scared, you name it . . . My memory ***** too. Anyways, depression is a major factor in memory loss.