My doctor just prescribed me buspirone 7.5mg (1 and 1/2 5mg pills) 2x daily, and Xanax .5 mg as needed (I can only tolerate about a quarter of one of the Xanax if I wish to stay awake.) I am very underweight, (which we are also working on) so medications, particularly psychiatric meds, tend to hit me very hard. What should I expect the first time I take this buspirone? I am at home w/ 4 small children, so I need to know if I'm going to be too exhausted to function or something! Considering taking a smaller dose and building up to that in a couple weeks. Any advice is appreciated, as I'm extremely nervous.
Hi: Since you are new to these medications, I think you should start them exactly as your doctor has prescribed. Buspirone should not make you sleepy, but if you feel out of sorts in any way, you could ask your doctor if you could start at a lower dose, like maybe 5mgs twice a day. You should start to notice improvement in the very first week, but it takes a few weeks to reach its full potential. Buspirone is a wonderful medication for treating anxiety for so many people. I am one of those people who does better at lower doses. Anxious people often worry about how a medication will work, causing someone to be even more anxious at first, at least that was my experience. But I've taken it successfully for over three years to keep my anxiety at bay. I think you will really like it...
Hi, I was also anxious to take this because I have 5 kids st home. It has done wonders for me really! I didn’t tolerate a few SSRI’s but the Buspirone did not have that effect on me. It actually started helping almost right away and at around 6-8 weeks I felt a lot better! I started out on 10mg 2x a day, then went to 10mg 3x a day and now I’m on 15 mg 3x a day. This has been good for me. I’ve been on it about 3 months. I also was having anxiety trying to fall asleep and I was prescribed Clonazepam. But I’m weaning off that. Although it helped me so much with my insomnia. Good luck to you! I know what it’s like to have anxiety and panic and have to take care of your littles!
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