I was prescribed several medications for my severe anxityvand panick s for the past 3 years without any success.from sertraline prop ran a lol venlaflaxine etc the only one have not tried and starting today is buspirone 5mg.any one had any experiences with thAT.Please help I'm desperate
First off, hang in there, it may take some time and even a possible dr change to find the right medication for you. I have been diagnosed with panic disorder, and have been on venlafaxine and buspirone, and am currently taking zoloft (sertraline), propranolol, and clonazepam for my anxiety issues. I have found that SSRI's have been very helpful to me (unlike SNRI's-Effexor, Pristiq, Cymbalta, etc) since I personally already have enough norepinephrine, and do not need to slow down the reuptake process with that chemical. Personally, sertraline has helped me longterm with depression, OCD, GED/Panic disorder, and PTSD, overall calming the terrible symptoms that accompany such disorders. Propranolol helps me with heart arrhythmias related to anxiety as well as other heart/blood pressure issues. Clonazepam, as many doctors and other people might condemn (since it is a benzodiazepine, thus having a chance of being abused/and prone to addiction) has helped me tremendously.
Buspirone effects serotonin which can be helpful with a lot of people, so give it a chance. You could also look into otc supplements such as GABA (the bodies natural anti-anxiety neurotransmitter), L-Theanine, and L-Glutamine. These can all help with symptoms of anxiety without the need of a prescription. I would recommend giving buspirone at least 4-6 weeks to get the full effect, as it is meant to build up in your system. If you are still badly suffereing from panic attacks contact your doctor and let him/her know. It is possible a combination of an SSRI (like sertraline) along with buspirone, otc supplements, and/or a benzodiazepine (alprazolam (xanax), lorazepam (ativan), diazepam (valium) clonazepam (klonopin) may be helpful even for justa short amount of time until the other medications have time to build up in your system. Above all else, you and you alone know best what is or isn't working, and I strongly advise you to be straight and honest with your doctor, do not be afraid to advocate for yourself. Keep me (us) updated on how you are doing, and feel free to message me if you have any other questions/concerns. Just a reminder, I am not a medical doctor, so trust your doctor and hang in there! Therapy is another tool that has helped me tremendously in the past and currently. Hope this helps.
Hi Greek. I just came across your question, and I hope that, if you stuck with the buspirone, you are starting to find relief right about now. I have been on many antidepressants and benzos in the past for my anxiety, panic, depression, etc. I have even taken many of them together per doctor's orders. Through it all, my number one success medication, with fewest side effects, has been buspirone. I had never tried it before this past year, but my new doctor wanted me to try it. It's great! Just be sure to take it same time every day, to get its full effect. I even titrated down to a low dose, but taken on a regular basis, it "levels" me out. I don't like taking meds, but this is one I am staying with for sure! "G"
Not saying it isn't right for you, but for me it drastically increased my baseline anxiety leading to more daytime panic attacks. I quit it. My primary prescribed Ativan instead but that's supposed to be short term so not sure where I'll go from there. I was told to stick with the Buspar and give it time but when I'm having to call a crisis line for a panic attack and I have never had to do that before, I'm not going to continue taking it.
- Buspirone Information for Consumers
- Buspirone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Buspirone (detailed)
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