Possibly. Concerns are that with increasing age (there is early onset alzheimer's too), benzodiazepines (like xanax) can cause "fogginess", falls, & hip fractures. From another perspective it may be acting as just a band-aid --- once it's gone, everything rebounds. Ultimately, other agents like antidepressants & even the alzheimer's medications can provide relief. Don't forget exercise, yoga, & tai chi.
How much of a risk is there for a 49 yr old man to develop dementia/alzheimer's from light to moderate use of Xanax (alprazolam). 25 to. 50 mg once or twice a week?
Some studies suggest. a connection between longer-term benzo use and dementia. Here's a link: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/03/13/benzodiazepines.aspx For more definitive info, go to the National Institute of Health (a gov. site that will give you the real deal on studies like this. http://search.nih.gov/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&affiliate=nih&query=xanax+and+dementia&commit.x=14&commit.y=9. Read more...