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Xanax and Memory Loss

I have stopped taking Xanax. My memory loss was pretty bad. Do you know how long it will be before I get my memory back?
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Memory loss comes as a surprise to meny people, especially when it is caused by a medication that you thought was going to help you. Putting together this list was difficult because drug companies do not seem to have a standard way of describing memory loss. It is refered to it as recall, anterograde amnesia, memory loss or simply forgetfullness.

Special attention should be paid by users of Xanax. Of all the drugs on the market, this drug has the highest incidence of memory loss in users.

As to whether memory loss due to the use of Xanax is permanent, there is still not enough data to make a definitive conclusion and is still being researched.

In the simplist terms, they don't know yet whether your memory loss is hort-term or permanent.

527657 tn?1214055450
May I ask where you got your info from?  I know tons of people on xanax and im one of them.
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i took 12mg xanax a day for 7 years. it caused severe memory loss. the neurologist said i had been going through life with amnesia. it is used before surgery for that purpose. after a year of withdraw i am still trying to find relief for migranes and severe leg pain. my memory is very good now, maybe better than it ever was.  i use recall techniques to improve the memory. of course i'm real releived about that.  there are really good websites with info on xanax.
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Yikes!  Will memory loss occur on a dosage of .25 mg twice daily?
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that is such a tiny amount, i would'nt worry. but after what i've been through and have now learned about xanax, i just don't see any good reason to use it. except on a short term basis. you can research the web and get lots of info. xanax makes you feel amazingly relaxed and is amazingly addictive. but it's relatively easy to get and is big money for the pharmaceutical companies.
good luck!
527657 tn?1214055450
But where did you get the info that it causes memory loss?  Show the proof please.
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go to http://www.stormloader.com/bettyf/ i got there from internet explorer. google the word "benzodizepine" and go from there. please what ever you do never just stop taking them. you must tapper off very slowly. i do know that when i was scheduled for a routine colonoscopy they were going to give me an iv of a drug that was a "benzo" (that is what xanax is) the drug's purpose was to wipe my memory of the procedure. i will NEVER have even a tiny drop of that horrible drug EVER in my body again. yes there are tons of people taking them. people are totally uninformed.  oh yea. you'll understand.
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I have been having sever memory loss and it dawned on me that it may be the zanax. I take ,25mg at night and maybe 1 time a day. but my memory has been so bad that I forgot appointments or even the conversation, meet people and never remembered meeting them and numerous other incidents..yikes..now I know.. I am getting off of it.
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I get mine from Walgreens.!!!!!!! You act like we don't know what we're talking about but when you get it from that piece of paper you get with your prescriptions ,well,that information comes from the maker of the drug . I know because I have been on it for 2 years now and I get it every month [that piece of paper] when I get my pres, refilled            dusty637    
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This is dusty637 again. That reply I just was to yhttp://www.medhelp.org/posts/Anxiety/Xanax-and-Memory-Loss/show/577178#ou
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OMFG...SOOOO MANY STORIES IVE HAD TO EXPERIENCE WHILE ON XANEX..its a great drug don't get me wrong but hey lastnight I had dream or thought it was a dream where I was being very rude n bitchy to my now fiancé..i started texting all types of weird **** to her phone...she said I then went up to her job and walked in and gave her a kiss...and turned around and just walked away..smh I remember bits and pieces but that's all.then on another EPISODE my now bestfriend said he found me sitting on the toilet knocked out pants down and he had to carry me back to bed...I suffer PTSD from a shoot out I wa involved in and I have to say it makes me forget a lot about the causes of ptsd...***kids***!!! stay away from this drug..its been known for me to have sex in public restrooms and not remember ANY AND I MEAN ANYTHING ABOUT IT!! I was taking one mg 3times a day but now I said **** that I cut them in half and take 2 halves which is one whole pill..**please beware of this drug..it starts out fun and then turns into a nightmare..imagine waking up while standing at a cross section and not knowing how you ever gotten there in the first place??? wow huh? but im not bashing the drug but trust me im no Harvard professor lol but in my studys I agree that one mg a day is quite to use if you must do it at all for my first time uses. thank you
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14 years of taking 3 mg a day and the last year 8 mg daily. It caused memory loss and a whole lot more. Any steady amount of Xanax over a prolong period of time gets very dangerous. I know you must have gone through hell Taybey, glad you made it. As for bandit, you're brain does regenerate, so with a lot of work, you should see improvement after some time.
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