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buspirone for Anxiety: Last month my obsessive compulsive disorder got over whelming with images, thoughts , and I found myself not eating and not sleeping. I begged for help and got put on Buspirone on the 2nd of July and I got told it should help reduce anxiety and help me sleep as it was the anxiety causing the insomnia. I was prescribed 5MG twice a day. Its been 3 and a half weeks and my anxiety is so much calmer and I now have slept well ever since then. It did take about a week and half for effect to kick in however I now take 5MG 3 times a day as twice a day was a bit weak , overall very good however takes time to kick in.
BuSpar (buspirone) for Anxiety: I tried a lot of the SSRIs and SNRIs medicines, Lexapro, Effexor, Celexa, Wellbutrin, pristiq, Paxil. Lexapro and Effexor gave me monster insomnia, could not sleep for nothing. Wellbutrin made me pass out and the other 2 did nothing for me. Finally my Doctor put me on Buspar 7.5 two times a day. It did make me nauseated but it says to take it on a full stomach which I took on an empty stomach. After I followed the directions I didn't have any more issues. No side effects and my libido has increased (wife happy). Really no more issues with anxiety anymore, I can now go to dinner, the grocery store without any issues.
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buspirone for Anxiety: I am a physician who has struggled with anxiety my whole life. I have previously tried selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), benzodiazepines, as well as meditation, exercise, healthy eating, and CBT. All the non-drug options were helpful but not sufficient. SSRIs were not very effective in my case and I had various side effects. Benzodiazepines worked brilliantly and helped me through some stressful months of training but led to pharmacological tolerance and dependence. After many years of struggling with no medications I decided to try buspirone but I was very skeptical it would work because most of my colleagues stated it was a rather ineffectual drug. I have to say they are absolutely wrong. I feel calmer, more in control than I have been for a long time.
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BuSpar (buspirone) for Anxiety: I really like how the Buspar worked for me I was given 10mg tablet half to a whole up to three times a day and it did wonderful to help tame my anxiety. I had to lower my dosage of Buspar because the original diagnosis of anxiety, depression in ADHD might be Bipolar disorder instead but I really didn't experience much side effect except maybe lactation without pregnancy but that may have been Celexa causing it.
BuSpar (buspirone) for Anxiety: Simply amazing. I have extremely awful anxiety and I guess you might consider I have panic attacks at times...usually over worrying about my children. I was just sitting here in crying fit and thought to myself, "You know you can take your 2nd dose of Buspar now, it's okay, you get three a day!" SO, I did and I feel so much better. The crying has already stopped, after 30 minutes of taking the medicine. I was researching the medicine online and found this site and when I did, I knew I had to post to help others who might be in my same situation. JUST TRY IT. You can't go wrong in trying it.
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BuSpar (buspirone) for Anxiety: I've suffered with anxiety at critical periods in my life and was advised by MD's to try antidepressants as an alternative to Ativan. The side effects were intolerable.
BuSpar has been miraculous for me. The first week was an adjustment, with ups and downs in mood and some restlessness. On the 7th day I awoke to even, stable
calm and increased concentration which has been consistent. My advice is stay with it for a couple of weeks using a benzodiazapine as needed until you stabilize.
I had few side effects and those eventually disappeared.
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BuSpar (buspirone) for Anxiety: I started taking Buspar about 2 months ago, 5mg 3 X a day and it has really helped me quite a bit. I was VERY nervous about trying this medicine, after having a terrible experience with an SSRIs, but I had TOO much anxiety NOT to give it a try plus the fact that it is non-habit forming appealed to me. I do get a touch of dizziness about 15-20 minutes after taking it- but it's not completely debilitating. My doctor has just recommended for me to up my dosage to 10mg- 3X a day, so I'll keep you all posted and let you know how that goes. It DEFINITELY has helped though, so for that, I am very thankful.
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BuSpar (buspirone) for Anxiety: After reading these other comments I must say that this medication has affected me greatly in a good way. I have had a lot of health problems in the past and I have taken multiple different anxiety medications that have not worked. The first day I took this medication, I have already started to feel a change. Plus this is also a good medication for women who are pregnant who have anxiety.
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BuSpar (buspirone) for Panic Disorder: I have only been on it for three days and I am already debating on whether or not to stop. It makes me feel like I'm drunk without the happy feeling. I hope it gets better because I really need something to help stop my anxiety and panic attacks.
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buspirone for Sexual Dysfunction, SSRI Induced: I had been on Escitalopram for the last 5 years due to anxiety and occasional panic attacks. But like other SSRI's it had negative impact on sexual function and weight gain. I tapered of my escitalopram slowly and started taking buspirone in low doses. It helped me great both on Sexual Function and anxiety. It gave me confidence and relief.
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buspirone for Anxiety: I've had GAD and dysthymia my entire life. Wellbutrin worked wonders for depression but my anxiety has been horrible forever. My main symptoms are cold, sweaty hands and feet combined with a burning hot face, chest and trunk and a feeling of agitation. I have these symptoms every day and they do not seem to be triggered by outside events or thoughts. It feels like a chemical imbalance. No panic attacks. I started 5mg of buspirone 3x/day and noticed improvement IMMEDIATELY! It felt like a warm tingly sensation spreading through my veins and my temperature started to equalize. I feel much less anxious and less urge to pick my cuticles and lips. I feel calmer. I am getting headaches but hope they will stop soon.
BuSpar (buspirone) for Anxiety: Take 30 mg/day, helped mildly with my GAD. Did nothing for my social anxiety. I continue to take it because it has no side effects and am told it will help with anxiety I may get from taking Wellbutrim. I have to take Xanax or Clonazepam regularly when having moderate/severe anxiety. Only side effects experienced in the first few days was dizziness and insomnia. I was able to increase my dose within 2 weeks. I am considering increasing my dose of Buspar to see if I just need a higher dose to feel a stronger effect.
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buspirone for Anxiety: I started taking Lexapro and Buspar after the loss of my job two years ago. It took about 3 weeks for the horrible anxiety to go away. This combination was a miracle. After getting a new job I slowly weaned off the medication. Now another life event has caused me great anxiety. I started just taking the Lexapro which helped but not as much as the combination. I am starting this morning with 10 mg in the morning and 10 mg in the evening and will increase it to 15 and 15. Living with GAD is living a nightmare. People that don't have anxiety can't appreciate how this condition just destroys you emotionally and physically. God bless everyone suffering from this and thank goodness there is a medicine that makes us whole again.
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buspirone for Anxiety: Have tried Paxil and Lexapro which sent me into hyper-panic and GAD. I was about to give up on medicines and accept my miserable anxiety as a fact of life when my Doctor recommended Buspirone. I noticed my anxiety began to taper the second day I took the medication. No real side effects to speak of through my first week. The one thing it has delivered for me, HOPE!
buspirone for Anxiety: I have been on and off again many different anti-anxiety and anti-depression medicines for the past 10 years. At one time I was on Cymbalta, Gabapentin and Propranolol and another time Abilify, instead of Cymbalta. Being on all those medicines made me become manic and numb to the world and feelings. I felt I had no control over myself, so I took control of the situation with my psychiatrist and told her enough is enough. Weaned myself off the medicines, went to counseling and then to my family doctor who prescribed me Buspirone. Was skeptical at first, but WOW! What a difference! I have been on it for about 3 years now. I have been taking 10mg twice a day since day one. I now have control over my life.
BuSpar (buspirone) for Anxiety: I'm just now starting to up it to 20mg/day. I also take 2 other SSRI type medications, and have been on depression medicines for about 20 years. Being currently unemployed and very little money, I can relate to others here when they say they are stuck in fear. I'm hoping this thing gives me some relief. Life is already too hard.
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BuSpar (buspirone) for Anxiety: I have been taking this medicine for 2 years and it is the only thing that has worked for me. I finally asked my doctor about a non narcotic anxiety drug, and she gave me BuSpar. I am so grateful. I still have some unwarranted worries, but no where near the level I have experienced them without BuSpar.
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BuSpar (buspirone) for Anxiety: I started Buspar four days ago, and my anxiety is unbearable now. I suffer from severe migraine which has gotten worse since the first dose. Since it's only been days maybe I will try one more week to see if my anxiety gets better but from the looks of it I doubt it.
buspirone for Anxiety: I have been taking Buspar for 8 days now. It was prescribed for irritability and anxiety. I walk around feeling nauseous and frequently have chest pain, palpitations and just constant worry. So Started out taking 7.5 mg morning and night and just increased it to 15mg morning and night. I noticed a difference with the irritability almost right away. I'm definitely able to enjoy things more since I don't feel like screaming at everyone I meet! Side Effects- I've experienced some mild to moderate dizziness. But the weird thing that I've had is a fuzzy tingling sensation that goes through my whole body. It lasts for maybe 2-3 seconds but happens every few minutes for about 30 minutes after I take a dose. It's worth it though.
buspirone for Anxiety: I have been taking Buspirone for only 3 days now, my doctor prescribed this to me for anxiety and panic disorder. It does make me dizzy but so does my anxiety so that's something I'm used to. The first night I took it I did notice a big difference. I was in the middle of a panic attack so I took the medicine and almost immediately it calmed me down. I really hope over the next few weeks I notice a difference and I get to start living a normal and happy life again.
buspirone for Anxiety: I have been taking Buspar for a week now, and the next day I felt a difference. Actually the next three to four days I felt a difference. But after that I started having some anxiety again and irritability. I was concerned that it had stopped working. I went to my doctor and she told me to keep up with it. That it takes some people 2 months to start working. I said well I have been waiting my whole life for something to work so 2 months is worth the wait. So if you are new to trying the this I recommend waiting. The side effects for me were pretty bad. I had flu like symptoms, constipation, insomnia, the shakes, muscle spasms, but for the most part they have started to go away. I have found being very consistent with taking it helps.
BuSpar (buspirone) for Sexual Dysfunction, SSRI Induced: I found that Buspar helped quite a bit in allowing me to orgasm. It was also quite useful in partially abating teeth grinding, which I get in relation to SSRIs.
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BuSpar (buspirone) for Anxiety: I've been on this medication for over two months. BuSpar helps with day to day, general anxiety. That said, I don't feel that I can rely on this medication to stop a panic attacks. I still have agoraphobic feelings, and certain anxious thoughts (hypochondria type things) that haven't ceased since before starting this medication.
Side effects I've noticed: Lightheadedness. Moderate fatigue. Munchies, snackyness. Increased libido and depth of taste.
Give it a try. Compared to SSRI's, it seems to be as effective without changing one's brain chemistry so drastically.
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