I was prescribed Buspar 7.5mg two times a day for my anxiety. I am afraid to try it as I had a serious adverse reaction to Lexapro-made my heart race then full panic attack after just one half dose. I am very sensitive to medication. I take metoprolol for high heart rate and high blood pressure and methimazole for hyperactive thyroid. My heart palpitations are constant now but pulse is normal and so is BP. However my anxiety is awful. Anyone have experience or insight taking Buspar? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
I too am on buspirone. My Dr. prescribed the same dosage that you were prescribed with the ability to go up to 15 mg twice per day if needed. So far I have gotten away with taking just 5 mg twice per day though I may bump it up to 7.5 mg after my next Doctor visit. Buspirone has been very good for me. While I don't consider myself particularly sensitive to most medications, Buspirone's action is very subtle. I do not feel "drugged" in any way. I just feel clear headed and more able to focus and "in the moment".
Too the Buspirone sort of works at two different levels. There is a near immediate effect that is very very subtlely noticeable shortly after taking the medication (less anxious, better concentration more in the moment) and after being on the medication for 4 to 6 weeks on a consistent basis there is an overarching sense of calm. I've experienced all of this without any drowsiness whatsoever. So I guess based on my experience I feel that you have reason to be optimistic. I guess the biggest complaint I read is that many people feels that the drug does nothing at all. Some times I wonder if those people are expecting a more benzodiazapine type effect. I would urge you to hang in there at your 7.5 mg twice per day dosage and see how you feel 6 weeks from now.
Take care for now and all the best.
Lexapro is a SSRI, and there are a lot of cases that people suffer from moderate to severe side effects. Buspirone is a benzodiazepine to fight anxiety. Even though its side effects might not be that bad, I do encounter various people experience a lot of discomforts of using this medicine. In the same class, Clorazepate is more tolerable than this drug. You might want to talk to your doctor about this med if you are concerned about the side effects of Buspirone.
Buspar is not a benzodiazepine. I take 45 mg a day but I also take Lexapro. Buspar isn't even in the benzo family. I really can't tell if it helps me or not. Probably because I take Lexapro too.
Hi, Poppey! I've been taking buspirone (60mg/day) for severe anxiety and panic disorder for almost 5 years. WONDER DRUG! It's working very effectively for me and I've experienced no side effects. Before I started taking it I was housebound, unable to socialize, or even drive because of my anxiety. All that's gone now.
I'd definitely say don't be afraid to try it and I hope it's as effective for you.
Best regards, Wildcat
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