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!
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
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
Yes. I had to stop taking it.
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.
Usually I am a sound sleeper (touch wood) Yesterday night I took Busprion for the 1st time and couldn't sleep a wink.
Yes, I have had severe insomnia with Buspar. It has helped some with depression/anxiety but my sleep pattern is just horrible. I can normally get to sleep but I wake up constantly and will be up for hours when I do. And I also have very strange dreams since I started taking it. I tend to have seasonal affective disorder so I plan on getting off of it in about a month.
Yes, I only took it two days and the insomnia was intolerable. First day I took 1 X 10mg tab in the am, and that night literally got less than 3 hours sleep. The second day, again took the tab early morning, and the second night I literally did not fall asleep at all. Stayed awake in bed, tried going for a walk, then drinking hot tea and taking a shower. It hit me something fierce. Day 3 I stopped, and that night I got a little sleep, by the 4th day (2nd day off taking them) my sleeping was back to normal. I'd prefer to not be on Xanax because of its addictive properties, but I can't do the job I work for without decent sleep.
I have had terrible, debilitating panic attacks for the last 12 years. Did the whole benzo thing by a psychiatrist that medically overdosed me. I had such a high tolerance. I had to go somewhere to be medically weaned. Be aware of benzos. They can become habit forming in 4 weeks and they create a vicious cycle of panic and anxiety after the initial calm wears off or your tolerance gets too high. I am prescribed a low dose of valium PRN but that is nothing compared to the 26 mg of benzos I was on several years ago. I am now on lexapro and buspar. I have not had a panic attack since being on this medication. Recently my Dr increased my buspar from 15 mg a day to 30 and I have have only been sleeping 3 hours a night. I suspected that this will pass as my body adjust. I have found lexapro and buspar to be an excellent combination for anxiety and panic attacks.
Hi. I was just prescribing BuSpar a few days ago. It has me up all night. Trying desperately to fall asleep. It's a shame because I already feel some of its benefits. But I can not take another night like this.
Common (1% to 10% of users): Insomnia, nervousness, excitement, dream disturbances, sleep disorder"
"Side effects have been reported to be generally mild and transient. They are most common during the first 2 weeks of treatment and decrease in intensity and frequency with continued treatment. They generally do not lead to treatment cessation."
YES!! just talked with the Drs office because i have only taken this two days and can’t sleep. told me to only take a morning dose. so tonight, nothing!! praying that helps cause it’s supposed to be a really great anxiety drug good luck
Hi 2176980: I have had problems with my sleep occasionally from Buspar.
My doctor prescribed hydroxyzine, 1 or 2 tablets to be taken at bedtime (10 mg tablets), and I sleep like a log, with no morning grogginess!
I only take it as needed. It is a prescription med though, so you might want to discuss this with your doctor.
So I have been on buspirone for one month now... The insomnia has definitely lightened up... I take 10 mg at 7 am and 10 mg at 7pm... I also take ability at 7 am but not at night ... I had insomnia bad for the first two week but my body began to adjust . I suggest giving it at least a month. I am finally getting six straight hours of sleep. But it has taken about three weeks for my body to adjust. I hope this helps a little. Good luck guys, anxiety has not been fun, but this medication seems to be working for me.
I have been on it for 5 days. I already had insomnia from anxiety and this made it worse. However, I supplemented with Ambien some nights and melatonin others. Last night I had the best sleep in years without any sleep aids! Maybe it was because I was so exhausted or maybe the side effect has moved on. I'm going to give this at least a month as it has diminished my anxiety already. I will repost if things change. If you try sleep aids make sure you check for drug interactions first, as there are some that you should not be taking with buspar such as trazodone. Good luck everyone!
Started Buspar last week, 7.5 mg 2x per day for GAD that has been at an extremely high level over the last several months. I have seen great improvement in my anxiety levels, really quite amazing and so much quicker than Escitalopram that I was on and off for 10 years or so. However, since starting the Buspar, I have been waking numerous times throughout the night with difficulty getting back to sleep, not normal for me. However, with the Buspar, those times of insomnia are not so bad with the Buspar working, and my mind not racing like a runaway train of thoughts. As mentioned in other posts here, I'm going to stay the course and see if this improves over the next 3-4 weeks as I'm really satisfied with the anxiety-reducing qualities Buspar is having. I guess if no improvement, I'll likely have to make the decision to return to an SSRI, also with decent results, but numerous side effects. Crossing my fingers.
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