"I have been on Buspar for a month, 5 mg. when I get up and 5 mg. at 2:30 p.m. Within the last three days, I have noticed increased nervousness (but not anxiety), and I read on the web that Buspar and coffee might not work together very well, as both are stimulants. Can anyone comment on this combination?"
Do Buspar and caffeine work together well?
Question posted by peaceofmind888 on 1 May 2011
Last updated on 2 May 2019 by elpeor
So I took BusPar for about 5 months. Initially it was wonderful, but during the 4th and 5th months I started having really dreadful, chemical feeling panic attacks and noticed it always coincided with moderately large amounts of caffeine- nothing super crazy, just like ordering a large coffee instead of a medium or drinking 3 caffeinated drinks instead of my normal 2 or even eating chocolate. I tried limiting my caffeine intake, but it kept happening, still nearly always after having coffee, even a small one. My doctor said he's not aware of any issues with caffeine but I ended up stopping the BusPar and trying other things. Currently however I am reconsidering maybe weaning myself off the caffeine and giving it another go as nothing else has been as helpful as the BusPar was when it was good.
Technically BuSpar is not a stimulant. It does reduce anxiety by affecting brain chemistry possibly by dopaminergic activity. Consuming caffeine while taking BuSpar is not contraindicated although caffeine can increase nervousness.
The common side effects of BuSpar are blurred vision; dizziness; drowsiness; excitability; headache; lightheadedness; nausea. Excitability may be described as nervousness. You may be experiencing this common side effect
of BuSpar. The caffeine may be making this worse.
If this side effect becomes too bothersome please contact the prescribing doctor.
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