My doctor refuses to give me Xanax to treat my sudden anxiety even though I'm taking 3 clonazepam 3x/day. And I asked him for a different fast acting medication but he puts me on buspirone instead which I knew was gonna replace the clonazepam, but I don't like the way it makes me feel. I need a fast acting anxiety medication and continue to now take 4 clonazepam 3x/day. I dont want buspirone as it doesn't make me feel good in different ways. Any advice on a fast acting anxiety med besides Xanax? TY
Buspirone - What is the best fast acting anti-anxiety to be prescribed by my doctor besides Xanax??
Question posted by Jeff Norman on 3 Nov 2022
Last updated on 13 November 2022
buspar does not help with anxiety (I would testify this in court) Unfortunately the only benzo I know of that’s better than Xanax is midazolam and it’s pills are mostly only available in europe/asia in the usa they only provide as versed iv Which is only appropriate in a hospital setting.
You might not be aware that clonazepam comes in a sub-lingual, fast-acting tablet.
When my doc prescribed clonazepam, I asked for this and I got it.
Worth a try.
If all other meds do not work, as a last resort there is an Antipsychotic, Seroquel its generic is Quetiapine and also active ingredient. It is used off-label to treat anxiety, taken in low doses, 25 mgs. to 50 mgs and can be very effective with anxiety.
I agree with the member that points out that everyone reacts differently to medications.
I hope you find the right med for you.
Buspirone doesn't work immediately like the benzodiazepines but it will control your symptoms in the long-term. It addresses the cause of your anxiety rather than just covering up the symptoms. As a bonus buspirone is not addictive like all the benzos. That's likely why your doctor prescribed it.
I've been taking it for over 4 years and it's completely effective for my anxiety/panic attacks. I don't have to worry about swallowing pills every time like I did before.
This one is a little outside the box, so you’d want to do some research on it. Low dose propranolol works great for some of us for panic/anxiety. It hits quick and really calms down the body issues from anxiety: fast heart rate, flushing, sweating, and dizziness. It honestly calms me right down. For me, the effect of taking it is strikingly similar to taking Xanax. I was in a similar situation in that my pcp no longer “believed in prescribing benzodiazepines of any kind.” All that being said, propranolol will not do anything to calm your mind. It’s a beta blocker prescribed for high blood pressure at higher doses 80mg-160mg. Low dose for anxiety is “off label”. I have had great luck taking 10mg twice a day (along with 45mg of Buspar). Buspirone is absolutely not fast acting, it is not a rescue drug, and takes 4-6 weeks of use to reach a therapeutic level in our bodies.
We are all different, one persons cure is anothers poison, but with mental illness, it’s all trial and error trying to find something that provides relief. I hope this helps. Good luck to you!
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