Do benzos affect cognition?

Someone I know who has been taking benzos seems to be showing short term memory loss. He has been taking it for few decades now though.

Clonazepam numbs anxiety without sedating you as much. So it can have effect on cognition over time.

What are you taking it for?

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Thats a benzodiazepine too.

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It’s the same thing as klonopin

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No definitely not. I’m on several different benzo’s and all maximum dose. They keep me together regarding my nerves etc. And help me sleep.
Best thing since sliced bread !! x

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Yes they do, in the 1940’s there was a stamp that said, “Do not operate heavy machinery while under the effect of”

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I’ve been on 1.5mg of clonazepam (Klonopin) for about 11 months now. Here is how it affects me…

  1. Really great at inducing sleep (I take it for insomnia)
  2. First several months I felt very tranquilized all the time, but that eventually wore off, now I feel fine.
  3. My sex drive has been diminished, Doesn’t matter since women don’t like schizos.
  4. My cognition is no different. I did an intelligence test a month ago that @firemonkey mentioned and landed in the 97th percentile
  5. My memory seems the same as it always has.
  6. I’m highly functional at work.
  7. The downside is that at this point I am dependent on it.

All told its been great. The potential long term consequences of being on it are another story. I’m hoping my insomnia goes away within the next year so I can begin the process of tapering of clonazepam.

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Good luck with that!

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They’re known to slow reaction times.

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I am sleepy all day and sleep a lot so I think benzos will only make this worse anyways. I need the opposite, a stimulant.

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When people said taking a klonopin is like drinking a shot of alcohol. I thought they were just saying that crazy talk I tell ya. To me, benzos feel way different than alcohol and don’t get me intoxicated like alcohol did. Klonopin and Valium-good meds. No recreational value.

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I’m a delivery driver and I have to be alert at all times.Bad drivers, pedestrians, school children, etc… It doesn’t affect my reaction time at all, but I know it can affect some people that way.

It doesn’t make me sleepy at all. I take it 1/2 hour before bed. It just induces sleep meaning it makes me fall asleep. but during the day I feel fine, not sleepy. Even after taking it I don’t feel sleepy, but when I go to bed it allows me to fall asleep.

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Tends to be higher doses.

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I’m on Ativan and while it helps a ton with my panic attacks and insomnia, I do find it causes me to have short term memory loss.

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i had sporadic ephisodes of short term memory loss. it stopped. other than that no side effects. regulates my sleep excellently.

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Anyone here been on benzo s for many years?

Says to use short term like two weeks but that doesn’t always apply.

I was on antanex and thinking about going back on them or Valium or something.
Only to take in afternoon or if needed so I may not take daily.

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i am on clonazepam for more than 20 years. my memory is sharp.

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Thank you

Are all benzodiazepines pretty similar?

I’m thinking of trying antanex or Valium but I want to keep taking imovane and latuda.

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@SacredNeigh7 I wouldn’t take imovane and a benzo at the same time. They both act on GABA in your brain, you just need one or the other.

I was on imovane for sleep put it wasn’t strong enough, so I switched to clonazepam.

All benzos work on GABA, but they vary in how long they last, their half lives, some are stronger, some are weaker, different benzos are better for for different things.

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