My husband was taking Bus-par for his anxiety and it seemed to be helping but he stopped taking it because it was giving him terrible insomnia. He was only taking it for about a week when it started to help and I think if not for him stopping it because of the insomnia it might have really helped him. Has anyone else had this side effect? Can he ask his Doctor for some kind of sleeping aid to take with it? Thanks for reading!
26 Feb 2012
Hello, I am also on Buspar for anxiety and here I thought the awful awful insomnia I am suffering from was from anxiety alone. I won't sleep at all for 3 to 8 days. When I say not all I truly mean not at all. Occasionally I have Ambien (regular not CR) 10mg and when I take those I will sleep 3 or 4 hours maximum wake up in a panic and have to take one more to be able to back to sleep for a couple more hours. The last time I took an Ambien it did not work at all, I was wide awake so I had To take 2 more then I only slept lightly. Called my doc in a manic type state and he immediately called in an Ativan script to take 1mg tablets as needed for extreme anxiety. Well that's my story, and I am going to taper buspar and get off ASAP. Good luck Also if he wants to continue Buspar suggest Ambien CR maybe it did'nt help me because it was'nt CR version.
Beware though because Ambien tolerance builds up very quickly, you can read lots of personal posts on this subject online. I am certainly not the only one that a single 10mg tablet just stopped working some people need upwards of 5 a night to sleep. So do your research. -K
26 Feb 2012
Hi, Buspar causes insomnia with some people. And it is bad. Like you know and what yyou have heard. If you want to try a non benzo med ask your doctor for Trazodone. A low dose. Like 25mg to 50mg is a good way to to get some sleep. Honestly try it. If it doesn't work then go to the benzos. I've taken 50mg for 3 months and it knocks me out after a half hour. And I have tried it all. Just a suggestion. Good luck to you all, and get some sleep! Taylor
5 Sep 2014
yes. buspar starts working the 1st day as well as insomnia starts the 1st day even though i take it 1st thing in morning. usually i yawn at 9:20pm and go to bed by 10:30 and fall asleep. with buspar i dont ever yawn in evening and never feel tired. when i go to bed around midnight i lay in bed til 2 am. i stopped the buspar and regular sleep returned, but so did my depression. so i restarted the buspar at 1/4 does ( 2.5 mg) and the insomnia again resumed on the 1st day. so i guess i cant take it. sucks! all antidepressants dont work. their side effects negate any good. im sure robin williams had excellent drs and if they couldnt cure his depression obviously nothing works.
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