my friend got tis script from her doctor and said they were like a zanax ,,but stronger,,is that true,,because shes takeing them very often ,,and im worried,,ive never herd of them till yesterday,,, im worried about that , she got them ,,she said they gave them to her because they were stronger than a zanax,,,
BuSpar - someone told me that this is same as a Xanax, but stronger than one is that true?
Question posted by selena2007 on 14 March 2011
Last updated on 4 April 2022
I think your friend was duped. Sorry to say, but this happened to me when they wanted me to cut down on my Ativan and he added BusPar. They don't work the same. Xanax works on the gaba receptors at the benzodiazepine sites to flood the brain with Gaba, which is the way you achieve calm and quiet sedation. BusPar acts on Serotonin and Dopamine and then they say other than that they don't know how it works.
The feeling is not the same. Xanax happens immediately within a half hour to hour to feel it's affects. The BuSPar sometimes need a week or two to get into your system to start working. It's not helpful for short term anxiety. Xanax makes you feel so calm, like the racingthoughts and the shakes and pounding heart go away and you might not know why you were so upset or nervous in the first place.
BusPar to me felt like nothing. I didn't get any relief. I came back to the doctor and told him i dumped out the BuSpar and want my Ativan back. i DONT' recall feeling BuSpar as strong as Benzo. I think they like to convince you that because of the abusers and now everyone is labelled as suspect
Buspirone specifically treats anxiety and is not a sedative or a controlled substance. It also is not addictive like Xanax or any of the other benzodiazepines.
It is usually taken only twice daily and should not exceed a maximum of 60mg/day.
Best regards and I think you're being a good friend.
No this is not true. It does not work the way Xanax does, it is not a use-as-needed type of drug. It takes a couple weeks to start working. It's good for anxiety but doesn't have the sedative effects of Xanax or benzos.
Buspar is prophylactic in that it should be taken every day, and may take a few weeks to reduce individuals anxiety levels. Xanax is used more as a short-term treatment. Often, those with fear of, or recurring panic attacks carry a .5 milligram Xanax tablet with them at all times. Psychologically, the Xanax, just being carried in one's wallet or purse, can provide a sense of safety, well being, and security against the ongoing fear of a panic attack. I know of many patients that just the presence of the available curative is enough to prevent the recurrence of an attack for long periods of time. If one has clinical anxiety, or a generalized anxiety disorder, then the Buspar might be very helpful long term. Kent Phillips MSAC.
Is it true that buspirone is stronger
I have been on buspirone for 3 months.One I have found that my system needed to get accustom to it. Two I have felt the need for it in the afternoon. Which now makes since i take 3 times a day because it's effective range is 3-4 hours. I hope in the future my life will come to a point I will not need these meds.
Yes I think it is
I used to use buspar. Took it for nearly a year, and for me it was like taking a sugar pill. It did nothing for me, and certainly never touched my anxiety. Yet I know people who swear by its' effectiveness. Goes to show how different, chemically-speaking, we really are. It's all about trial and error, in order to find the best fit. And no, buspar is definitely not addicting. Still, all meds should be used as directed.
it is a drug known as buspirone Xanax is a benzodiazepine and the literature says that even though that Buspar is strong but it is not thought to have the addiction power of Xanax, so these two drugs are not chemically related, myself I am allergic to Buspar,
The two medications act very different, but both are very effective in treating anxiety. For me, I started taking Xanax when it first came out in the 90's. It worked very well, so I asked my doctor if I could take it here, or there for this situation, and he would say yes. After about 18 months of steadily increasing the dose he said to me that he was sorry, that he had learned the Xanax was addictive, and I needed to come off it. It took 6 months of going in every week to have my dose changed - sometimes as little as adding one hour between doses, but finally I was off the Xanax. I then was prescribed Buspar - which worked wonderfully! I can't sing it's praises enough - it is a really good medication. It works very differently from Xanax, so I would think it's doubtful that she is taking too much - there is no "relaxation response" in connection with taking a dose. Your friend may be taking it every day though - I believe it works best that way.
As long as your friend is taking the med as prescribed and not as needed than she should be alright. It also must be taken always the same way, either always with food or always without food and at the same time each day.
If your friend is taking the Buspar when ever she feels the need, then she is taking it the wrong way. This could be very dangerous. It is not a medication like Xanax that can be taken as needed.
She should be taking a maximum dose of no more than 60 mgs and that is a high dose for her to be started at. Initail dose is generally 15mgs. If she is abusing this drug, it could cause serious problems to her central nervous system.
I can only stress that you encourage her to take the medication as prescribed and no more. It may take a few weeks for the medication to reach its full potential.
Best wishes and keep us posted,
Xanax and Buspirone are two totally different types of drugs that happen to both treat a common problem, anxiety. Xanax (and all benzos) will cause physical dependence, where as Buspirone does not. It also has a very short half life, around 2-3 hours vs. some of the benzos that last much longer, thus the need to take them consistently. I don't know what their strength is in comparison to Xanax, but nonetheless, I have a feeling that it would be a bit like comparing two totally different things. You have to also remember that it also depends on how you would classify strength. Honestly, my impression is that Buspirone isn't nearly as effective as the Benzo class of drugs, but it could be said that generally Buspirone is a much stronger long term drug due to the lack of tolerance building. This is a drug that I wouldn't worry about, and generally is considered to be much safer than many of the alternatives.
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