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June  3, 2013, last updated June 16, 2015
By  Alison Turner, Contributing Columnist and  Susan
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5.
Xanax and Memory Disorders  

It is possible that Xanax could affect the minds of the young
just as seriously as the minds of the elderly (see above).  

Research from France suggests that alprazolam and other
benzodiazepines could be detrimental to memory, period.  In
2011, Dr. Francois Chavant with the Department of
Pharmacology and Clinical Vigilance in Poitiers and other
researchers in France  assessed the association between
memory impairment and drug intake in 519 cases of memory
loss.  

First in the list of drugs they found with “significant odds
ratios” were benzodiazepines, including alprazolam.  They
conclude that the numbers “confirmed an association”
between memory disorders and some drugs including
alprazolam.  

When taking a drug that seems to lead so easily to overdose,
having decreased memory could add complication: did I take
today’s dose or didn’t I?  

If you are taking Xanax and find your memory slipping,
consider other treatment options.  If you continue with
Xanax, consider a secure system to keep track of how and
when you take your medication in order to help prevent
overdose.  

6.  
Soybean to Counteract Xanax Memory Loss?  



























Soybeans are called the “golden bean”  because they are so
packed with nutrients. Soybeans contain vegetable protein,
dietary fiber, vitamins, isoflavones and minerals, and may
even help to lower cholesterol, protect skin, and replace
estrogen in postmenopausal women.  

Now, research from India has found that soybeans could
pack even more of a healthy punch – they may improve
memory loss, including that which is induced by Xanax.  

In 2010, Nitin Bansal and Milind Parle with the Department
of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Guru Jambheshwar University
of Science & Technology in Hisar, India,  induced amnesia in
mice with 0.5mg/kg of alprazolam (Xanax).  

They then administered soybean for 60 consecutive days in
three different amounts, and recorded the mice’s behavior in
mazes.  

They found that soybeans “significantly reversed alprazolam-
induced amnesia in a dose-dependent manner.”  

They propose that soybean consumption “may not only
improve memory but also reverse the memory deficits,” and
that it would be “worthwhile to explore the potential of this
nutrient in the management of Alzheimer’s disease.”

Soybean comes in many forms these days, including tofu,
soymilk, and edamame, all of which can be used in a variety
of tasty dishes.  The best part is, it may be that the more you
eat the more you’ll remember!   

7.
Xanax Could Lead to Decreased Cooperation  

None of us plays well with others every day. But in order to
keep jobs, succeed at school, or to live amongst our
neighbors, we have to keep it together for the most part.  
Research from Texas finds that taking alprazolam/Xanax
may make it challenging to do so.  

In 2009, Scott Lane and Joshua Gowin with the University of
Texas Health Center in Houston  noticed that humans
behaved differently depending on their dose of alprazolam.  

Nine healthy adults received placebo, 0.5, 1.0, or 2.0 mg of
alprazolam and were assigned to complete “test blocks” on
prisoner’s dilemma games.    

They found that at the point of testing when “peak
subjective effects of alprazolam were reported, cooperative
choices were significantly decreased as a function of dose.”  

They concluded that “at sufficiently high doses, alprazolam
can decrease cooperation.”    

This research creates a circular conundrum: people take
Xanax to help with anxiety, but if that medication makes it
harder to get along with others odds are that more anxiety
will follow.

If you’ve recently been prescribed Xanax keep an eye out on
your behaviors towards others: if they’ve changed for the
worse you may want to consider other treatment options.  

8.
Xanax Increases the Risk for Driving Accidents  

The open road’s a crazy place – and so is the clogged,
trafficky road, full of drivers who text, who drink, who do
not pay enough attention, and who are sixteen.  

A study conducted in the Netherlands finds that anti-anxiety
medication, such as alprazolam/Xanax, needs to be added to
the list of reasons to call a cab or take a bus.  

One form of alprazolam is designed to absorb in a “delayed
manner” in order to lessen side effects, and is called
Alprazolam extended-release (XR).  The idea is that
extended release would be a better choice for people doing
potentially dangerous daily activities, such as driving a car.  

In 2007, Annemiek Vermeeren at Maastricht University and
other researchers in the Netherlands  compared the effect of
1mg each of extended release and instant release alprazolam
on driving ability and cognitive function in 18 volunteers.  
Four hours after taking a dose, subjects “performed a
standardized driving test on a primary highway in normal
traffic.”  

Psychomotor tests and memory function measurements were
also taken after drug administration.  Results showed that
while both instant release and extended-release forms of
alprazolam “severely impaired driving performance” four
hours after administration, volunteers taking extended
release experienced half the magnitude of these
impairments.  

The report suggests that extended-release alprazolam
results in “generally less” impairment on driving and
psychomotor functions – but, the team cautions, “still of
sufficient magnitude to increase the risk of becoming
involved in traffic accidents.”  

Driving can give even the most calm of people anxiety: how
unfortunate that an anti-anxiety medication like Xanax could
be a cause of even more anxiety on the road.  If you take
Xanax, do yourself and your fellow drivers a favor and pay
attention to your state of mind when you get behind the
wheel.

9.
Is Xanax the Real Gateway Drug?  

We’re used to blaming marijuana for the beginning of an end
of drug addiction, but a recent study suggests that people
could move to harder drugs by starting with something their
doctor prescribed for them, such as alprazolam (Xanax).  

In 2013, Angela Rintoul with the Department of
Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University
in Melbourne, along with other Australian experts,  examined
the relationship between heroin-related deaths and
alprazolam (Xanax).  

They saw that the supply of Xanax increased by an
extraordinary 1426% from 1990 to 2010, and that
alprazolam was “detected among increasing proportions of
heroin-related deaths,” from 5.3% in 2005 to 35.3% in
2009.  

They advised that this concerning increase shows “a need to
examine alprazolam prescribing and to identify inappropriate
prescribing and the circumstances of diversion from licit to
illicit use.”  

If you or your child has been prescribed Xanax, make sure
that only the recommended dose is ingested – no more!  It
might also be a good idea to keep an eye on that person’s
likelihood to try other drugs.

10.
If You’re Taking Buprenorphine to Combat Drug
Addiction, Using Xanax Could be Fatal

It may seem circular to take drugs in order to stop taking
drugs – but this is often the case for patients fulfilling
buprenorphine prescriptions.  

Buprenorphine, also known as “Bupe,” is sold under the
brand dames of Suboxone and Subutex, and used to help
patients get away from heroine and other opioid addictions.  

Bupe works by stopping cravings, blocking withdrawal
symptoms and the high from heroin and other drugs.   

While Bupes have helped many addicts recover, a study from
Sweden has found that taking alprazolam and Bupes at the
same time could be lethal.  

In 2012, Tor Selden with the Division of Drug Research at
Linkoping University and other Swedish specialists  
investigated the co-ingestion of drugs in over 40 fatalities of
people taking buprenorphine.  

They found that alprazolam was present in “more than 40%
of the intoxications,” suggesting that Xanax and
buprenorphine produces “toxic effects that buprenorphine
alone would not have produced.”    

Xanax may seem like small fish compared to a drug like
heroine. If you or someone you know is recovering from a
heroine or other serious drug addictions and is taking
buprenorphine as treatment, make sure that he or she is not
also treating anxiety with a drug like Xanax.


































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