Hi I am new here and I am lacking knowledge about buspar. Yesterday my doctor prescribed it to me for the first time. She gave me 10mg 3x daily. However I am already taking generic Xanax 2 1\2 mg daily and 10mg diazapam 1x daily. She prescribed it because I suffer from PTSD and I don't always feel like the other 2 meds are enough when a full blown panick attack comes on. So she said to take the buspar through the day to help. Is it similar to my other 2 benzos? Is it safe to take together? And if so, how does it compare (side effect wise) to the way my other 2 meds make new feel? What I guess I am trying to say is that my other 2 medications make me calm and don't have a funky side effect other than help my panick attacks (which is what I need) . I just want to know if this will do something similar. So can anyone please help? YIKES!
BuSpar is a medication that will take some time to work. You may experience some side effects in the beginning such as nausea and headache, but these usually subside in the first week or two. You should always take the BuSpar with food or always without food, but don't alternate between the two or you will have worse side effects. It will take a few weeks to feel the benefits of this medication so be patient. Once it begins working, and you are on a goodly dose so this will be sooner rather than later, you will probably find less need for the benzodiazepines. It is an adjustment, but may well be worth the effort.
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