... to be effective anyone else?
You are correct. It cannot be used as a drug just when you need it. Docs need to read the literature if they're going to prescribe a med they aren't familiar with. Also you start it at a lower dose and work up to three times a day.
Here is what the FDA says in the prescribing info, The recommended initial dose is 15 mg daily (7.5 mg b.i.d.). To achieve an optimal therapeutic response, at intervals of 2 to 3 days the dosage may be increased 5 mg per day, as needed. The maximum daily dosage should not exceed 60 mg per day. In clinical trials allowing dose titration, divided doses of 20 mg to 30 mg per day were commonly employed.
The bioavailability of buspirone is increased when given with food as compared to the fasted state (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY). Consequently, patients should take buspirone in a consistent manner with regard to the timing of dosing; either always with or always without food.
You are right it does not work right away and needs to build up.I take buspar 20-25 mg twice a day. I started out at 7.5 mg twice a day for 4 weeks ( I am med sensitive) than upped it to 15 mg twice a day and now find that 20-25 mg twice a day works fine for me. My doc did not know to start low and go up, so I read up on the drug and did this myself. It took about a 4 weeks to start to work and 8 weeks to feel the full effect.
Hope it works for you. You just have to be patient with this med.
- BuSpar Information for Consumers
- BuSpar Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of BuSpar (detailed)
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