I am very sensitive to meds. I have anxiety and my doctor prescribed buspar claiming it has little side effects. I am nervous to talk it because I already feel bad from the anxiety and don't want to feel worse from the drug. Anyone else super sensitive and takes this med?
The advice you were given to research this drug and its' side effects is the place to start. Help with your anxiety is a trial within itself. You may have to research several medications and decide on the one that seems to suit you. Decide what side effects that you are able to tolerate and always consult with your doctor. I have no experience with this drug. But I am familiar with anxiety and depression. If your doctor feels you need medication. Please do your research and take the medication. It will eventually relieve the anxiety and help you lead a better life. It is a part of your mental illness to be cautious about taking medication. Trust your doctor about your anxiety and research the drugs... you will get better. The medications may only be for a short time... Peace, Manager 5.
I am very apprehensive of taking medications, but, recently, I had reached a point where I had to do something again to treat my anxiety. I had taken ativan in the past, short-term. But my new doctor refused to prescribe it. She suggested Buspar. I had been treated thru the years for anxiety, but this was a first for me. I said "Why not? What have I got to lose?"
Success story: it has worked wonderfully for me! I don't know what dose you were told to take, but I will tell you this: I started at 5mg twice a day. After a couple of weeks , I actually experienced relief from my ongoing anxiety! I was trialed on 10mg twice a day, doctor and I were searching for right dose for me. I started to feel dizzy and a little nauseous, so I was put back on 5mg 3x a day, worked great... then a few months later, 5mg twice a day. I am bad about sticking to a medication regimen,but with the help and encouragement of my friend Janiebme, here in this support group, I stayed with it and it has been very effective at keeping my anxiety in check. I think it's a great med! "G"
I believe it works on anxiety by acting as a partial agonist of the 5ht1a receptor which is a decent mechanism to combat anxiety but it has lots of side effects and doesn't work for a lot of people. The drugs Viibryd and Brintellix also target that site as well as others but Ativan or Klonopin are better and carry less side effects if you're responsible and don't abuse them
I have had great success with using Buspar as a daily anxiety preventative (15mg, 3x day) it simply isn't as long-acting as some others so I take it 3 times a day.
Before Buspar I would have anxiety/panic attacks on a frequent & regular basis, at least 3 times a week with no obvious trigger. They appeared to be random, making their treatment very difficult.
I am also very sensitive to medications and have not been able to successfully take most of what my doctor has tried prescribing because I always have side-effects that I considered worse than the original random anxiety that I was experiencing.
The benzos could stop a panic attack easily, but I didn't want to take them daily for prevention due to the negative effects of long-term benzodiazepine use that I've read about.
I certainly wouldn't be afraid to take the tablets because they have no immediate and noticeable effect. They are working to subtly adjust brain chemistry w/o a strong sedative effect like many other anxiety meds. You will notice a decrease in anxiety within a few days of regular use.
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