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Was your dosage the same when you noticed this or were you trying to decrease them? What other meds are you taking? Is this re-occuring or just a one time thing?
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I noticed that too. Maybe it's a result of the GABA receptor down-regulation they cause; who knows...?
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I was prescribed Xanax about one year ago. My dose was raised to 0.5 then 0.75 mg as needed (which is 2-3 days a week). Xanax affects the cognition and memory, I know that and I noticed it when I'm under Xanax's effect, but once the effect is over I often regain my concentration and memory functions.

Recently, I noticed a gigantic drop in my concentration and memory even though I'm not under xanax's effect. It's so bad that I can't perform simple mathematical operations due to lack of concentration, and I briefly forgot my address on one occasion!!!

I don't like that at all, and I'm seriously considering going off my beloved benzo if I couldn't counter these problem..
I dont know. I have been on xanax 1mg 2x a day for around 4 years, and klonopin 1mg 2x aday for over a year and really my memory is not too bad. I think alot of my memory problems come from anxiety!!!

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I was prescribed Xanax about one year ago. My dose was raised to 0.5 then 0.75 mg as needed (which is 2-3 days a week). Xanax affects the cognition and memory, I know that and I noticed it when I'm under Xanax's effect, but once the effect is over I often regain my concentration and memory functions.

Recently, I noticed a gigantic drop in my concentration and memory even though I'm not under xanax's effect. It's so bad that I can't perform simple mathematical operations due to lack of concentration, and I briefly forgot my address on one occasion!!!

I don't like that at all, and I'm seriously considering going off my beloved benzo if I couldn't counter these problem..

So you have concentration and memory issues even on days when you don't take Xanax? This makes me rethink my strategey of taking Klonopin on weekends only.
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If you take it only on weekends, I doubt there would be enough time for receptor changes to interfere with memory for Monday-Friday. However I'd recommend a shorter half-life benzo for this strategy (maybe Xanax), as Kpin tends to hand around for quite a while in low levels.
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