"I have been on Buspar for a month, 5 mg. when I get up and 5 mg. at 2:30 p.m. Within the last three days, I have noticed increased nervousness (but not anxiety), and I read on the web that Buspar and coffee might not work together very well, as both are stimulants. Can anyone comment on this combination?"
1 May 2011
Technically BuSpar is not a stimulant. It does reduce anxiety by affecting brain chemistry possibly by dopaminergic activity. Consuming caffeine while taking BuSpar is not contraindicated although caffeine can increase nervousness.
The common side effects of BuSpar are blurred vision; dizziness; drowsiness; excitability; headache; lightheadedness; nausea. Excitability may be described as nervousness. You may be experiencing this common side effect
of BuSpar. The caffeine may be making this worse.
If this side effect becomes too bothersome please contact the prescribing doctor.
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