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BuSpar (buspirone) for Anxiety: I have been on a moderate dose of Effexor XR (150mg) for about two years and anxiety started to creep in lately. My doctor put me on 5mg of Buspar 3x a day about a month ago. So far it seems to have taken the sharp "edge" off of the anxiety, but it isn't the miracle I was hoping for. He just raised my dose to 15mg 2x a day, so I'll report back in a month or so to see if the dosage increase helps.
BuSpar (buspirone) for Anxiety: Between the anxiety and fear of a full-blown panic attack, (they occur about 3xs per year) I was unable to work, maintain relationships or accept new challenges. Have been taking 15mg 2xs a day since October 2011. It works with no side effects. I have my sense of humor back.
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BuSpar (buspirone) for Anxiety: I cried for the for the first week on Buspar which for me is expected when taking a new medication. Once that week was over Buspar came to the rescue. Buspar has given me progress in my recovery and has dented that wall of fog. It has helped me purge most of my guilt and resentment and helped me notice some of my defects. I am only taking 10mg right now. And after trying a number of different anti anxiety medications I think I've found the one. All hail Buspar.
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BuSpar (buspirone) for Anxiety: I'm 19 years old and I can honestly say after taking Buspar for close to 3 weeks so far it has saved my life and my ability to function. I had tried medicines like Clonazepam and Xanax before with minimal outcome. I hope someone else get's the help they need from this medicine because I can only imagine all of the people suffering and I feel so bad. Buspar, A
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BuSpar (buspirone) for Anxiety: Started at 5mg twice a day. Got dizzy about 20 mins after taking it but that didn't last long. After a week I just didn't feel it was helping, but I also was given gabapentin for pain which my doctor said would help with anxiety. Afraid to take the two together so just stopped the Buspar. I'm thinking I will try adding the Buspar back in again and giving it a little bit longer. Hoping for better.
BuSpar (buspirone) for Anxiety: I've been on Buspar for about 6 weeks. At first I had headaches that turned into migraines. After taking 15 mg in am, 15 in the pm as prescribed. I no longer have experienced anxieties attacks and handle stress much better.
BuSpar (buspirone) for Anxiety: For the past 2-3 years, I have been on and off Lexapro/Ativan for Anxiety and Wellbutrin for quitting smoking. I stopped taking Lexapro about a year ago with excellent results. I basically just felt great and didn't need to take it anymore. I continued taking Wellbutrin (daily) and Ativan (as needed). Then I stopped taking both of those about 6 months ago because I was feeling great. Well, my anxiety started up again several months ago and I got back on Wellbutrin and Ativan, which have always helped me tremendously. However, I wanted to stop relying on the benzo (Ativan) and therefore, started taking Buspar. I have got NOTHING from it besides dizziness and a headache. I have been taking Buspar for about 2 months. I am starting Lexapro again.
BuSpar (buspirone) for Anxiety: I knew I needed something to take off the edge of my stressful life. I am on a tight budget without prescription drug coverage so I was prescribed this medicine since it was on WalMart's generic drug program ($10/90 day supply 10 mg only). I feel so much more relaxed and much less OCD. My only concern is that I have trouble concentrating and focusing at times.
BuSpar (buspirone) for Anxiety: Been on Buspar for 3 weeks. Weened off of lorazepam and using Buspar instead. Big difference. Started on 15mg 3 times a day. Then 30 mg 3 times a day. Now experiencing muscle pain, upset stomach, bad taste in mouth. I think my dosage is to high. At 15mg no bad side effects. When I get dosage straightened out. I think this will be a fine medication for my anxiety problem.
buspirone for Anxiety: I started buspirone two days ago. I have diagnosed social anxiety and I think I have GAD as well. I felt a difference right away and a positive one. Its like I had my hand in an electric socket and was able to let go. Like sitting still in an old car with a running motor and being able to finally switch off the engine. The constant fear, worry, stress is very much reduced. The side effects I have is nausea, dizziness and a mild headache. They start 10 minutes after you take the pill and go on for about an hour. Not sure if they are permanent or not. But for now I really feel I need buspirone to get a grip over my anxiety. I am not any more terrified of my boss at work or feel general dread!
BuSpar (buspirone) for Anxiety: This medication does not work for my anxiety on it's own. My Doctor had me on Klonopin along with Buspar and I was doing great. Well since the government added their new laws he took the Klonopin away from me so my anxiety is back full force and he won't give me anything else to treat my anxiety. I think that is wrong.
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BuSpar (buspirone) for Panic Disorder: I take BuSpar 10mg capsules. I've been on this medication for about two months now, for Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Panic Disorder. This medicine has gotten me through the separation of me and my mother, school phobia (a real thing: kind of a mix between agoraphobia and truancy), and generalized anxiety. I gave it an 8/10 because it takes about a month before the full potential results kick in. Also, it gives a sedative feeling when you take one, which always relaxes me.
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BuSpar (buspirone) for Anxiety: I've been taking Buspar for about a week and a half now and haven't really seen any dramatic results so far. I started out taking a 15mg pill in the morning and a 15mg pill in the evening, being a total of 30 mg total. This gave me awful headaches and I started experiencing light headedness. I bumped my dosage down to half of that now, and am currently feeling better when it comes to the side-effects. Hopefully by the 3rd or 4th week I will get the full effect from this medicine.
BuSpar (buspirone) for Panic Disorder: This medicine is saving my life! After 20 years of suffering with panic disorder, I finally feel free. I have had zero side effects, do not be hesitant to take this medication. It will change your life!
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BuSpar (buspirone) for Anxiety: I've been taking Buspar for about two weeks now and it seems to be helping my mild anxiety pretty well! I started off taking half of the dose my doctor gave me just to introduce it slowly into my system. I'm now up to the full dose of 5mg twice a day. The only side effects I've noticed is that my stomach gets a little bit loud about a half an hour after I take the morning dose, (literally loud, gurgles and grumbles) but it goes away within about 20 minutes. I would definitely recommend it for mild to moderate anxiety.
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BuSpar (buspirone) for Anxiety: I started taking it over a month ago and it hasn't help my anxiety at all. My hands and legs are shaky, I am constantly dizzy, have a hard time focusing, and my stomach is upset a lot.
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BuSpar (buspirone) for Anxiety: Peaks and Valleys:
I felt like I had peaks and valley's of its effect (and side-effects). I would feel its effects one hour after I took it, and they would be mostly gone six hours after the dose. So even taking it four times a day did not provide stable relief.
It cut my anxiety down by about 40%. Benzodiazepines cut it by about 90%.
-I felt a roaring sensation in my head.
-It also made me feel depressed sometimes.
Buspar side effects aren't too bad, but it doesn't provide that much relief either.
buspirone for Anxiety: I have been taking Buspar for 6 months now. It gave me my life back. My anxiety was so bad I could hardly function. I almost died a few years ago and since then my anxiety about my health and death was overwhelming. I love Buspar and I pray it continues to work. I take 30 mg twice a day. No side effects, just a little light headed for a few minutes but nothing serious.
BuSpar (buspirone) for Anxiety: Buspar has worked great on my mild to moderate anxiety. I take it in combination with Ativan (as needed), but generally find I do not need the Ativan more than a couple times a month. Buspar has worked very well for me and has the great advantage of not being habit forming, so I feel safe taking it on the long term.
That being said, it takes about 3 weeks to kick in fully. It also makes me dizzy if I take it differently than normal (with food as opposed to without, vice versa). It would also not be a good choice for someone with moderate to severe anxiety, as it is not a very strong drug. I take it in combination with a good diet and exercise, but doubt it would work as well without them.
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buspirone for Anxiety: Buspar was the first medicine prescribed to me for anxiety. I started out taking 5mg three times per day, then the dosage was increased to 10mg twice per day, but I had to go back to the 5mg dosage because I got extremely lightheaded at higher dosages. At first it seemed to help, but over time I realized I was still very very anxious even with the medicines.
BuSpar (buspirone) for Panic Disorder: I used to take Paxil and I hated the side effects, and the withdrawal effects, like brain zaps. Because of this, I don't want to try another SSRI. So my doctor had me try Buspar. I was hopeful at first. I knew it affected serotonin, but without the withdrawal effects.
Well. The first 5 mg dose I took brought on a gigantic round on brain zaps for 1.5 hours, the same kind that I'd had in Paxil withdrawal, but much worse. It was so bad that I could barely walk. Every time I moved my head or neck, I'd get a bunch of zaps in a row. Very disorienting. I gave it a week and a half to see if the zaps would dissipate, and they didn't. My doctor said to stop the Buspar because if the zaps haven't stopped by now, they probably won't.
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buspirone for Anxiety: I have been taking this medicine for around 4 years. It has helped my anxiety so much. It stops the overwhelming thoughts and panic. I suffered a traumatic event and felt so much anxiety after, I didn't know what to do. I was prescribed 15mg 2x a day but only take it once and feel that it's enough. The only side effects I feel are "brain zaps" and dizziness if I forget to take the medicine after a day or 2 but it goes away. It makes me drowsy too but exercise helps with this. It may have caused weight gain but nothing too over the top. The positive outcome of taking this medicine outweigh the negatives. Everyone is different but this medicine works for me!
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