I have an extreme case of anxiety and stress. I was currently taking 2mg of Klonopin 3 x daily and my doctor wanted me to lower it to 2 x daily, which I agreed too. This medicine helps me tremendously. Now he wants me to try Buspar. I've never even heard of Buspar, and have the mindset..If it aint broke don't fix it. Does anyone take Buspar and does it help anything like Klonopin? Thanks for you're help. Ruth
BuSpar is a medication unlike the benzodiazepines such as Klonopin that works great for anxiety for some people. You have to titrate up in dosage and must always take it with food or always take it without food, but not one way sometimes and the other way sometimes. Might be worth a try and you could get off the benzos. Then again if the Klonopin is working, why fix it?
I agree with what Laurie said so far. Maybe it isn't even an immediate anxiety reducer. I tried it 2 times in the past. The docs never told me I would have to take it for weeks or months before it would work. I'm guessing about that. I don't need to be on a med for anxiety all the time. I need something that will reduce anxiety shortly after taking it. Buspar did not do that for me. They also never said anything about having to go up in dose to feel the effects, or that it should be taken with or without food, and the same way all the time. Maybe they didn't know all this the last time I tried it. But it doesn't matter because I wanted an immediate acting drug. I also wasn't taking a Benzo when they gave it to me. So of course when I tried it, nothing happened, and I called the doc back in a few days asking for a Benzo.
However, I have read posts where some people love this drug. So I think it's worth trying unless doing so is going to mean the doc takes the Klonopin away. Another issue is how long have you been taking Klonopin daily? You may be physically dependent on it. In that case he has to reduce the Klonopin very slowly. IMO he has possibly already reduced you too quickly. Again IMO I think he should have reduced 1 dose to 1 mg. If Buspar works for you there may be some benefits over Benzos. I don't think Buspar has a sedating effect like Benzos do. I don't know if Buspar is habit forming or not. Some drugs are habit forming is strange ways, such as Trazodone. I never knew that and now I am habituated to it. Especially if I'm just sitting home, I feel like I need it. So I guess I'm not of much help here.
I have 1 last thing for now. Back in the late 90's I had developed a habitation to Valium. I was on 30 mg a day or 10 mg 3 times in the evenings. I was taking Valium several years. I finally got sick of taking them and I quit abruptly. I had some very interesting wds. Not good, but strange. Most of my 5 senses became hyper. I could smell foul smells from across a room. Such as chicken that had gone bad. I also heard a pin fall off a counter and hit the floor. I know that sounds unbelievable, but it really happened. I doubt this will happen with you because you only reduced the dose. But if you think you smell or hear things no one else does, you are. It isn't your imagination.
Good luck doing this. I hope you will be ok.
- Klonopin Information for Consumers
- Klonopin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Klonopin (detailed)
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