I was prescribed buspirone for chronic anxiety and panic Attacks . I was taking clonazepam and it Works well but most doctors don’t want people on it long term . So buspirone was prescribed. At first I was dizzy abs felt foggy and disconnected. After a few weeks it mostly went away but I can’t seem to tolerate the full 7.5 mg dose twice daily . I’m 6 weeks I to this medication and my Anxiety has been getting worse and I feel depressed and I am feeling as if this drug is not for me . I’ve asked if I should increase dose because I’m only able to take 1/2 of 7.5 mg twice daily . Dr said I should try but I’m scared because I already have strange feelings on this dose . Constant butterflies in my stomach , feeling nervous , headaches ect . My doctor also mentioned trying gabapentin 100 mg 2-3 times daily and stopping Buspirone. Does anyone have experience with gabapentin and anxiety ? Any side effects ? Buspirone worked good at first but now I can’t sleep unless I take clonazepam with it and im Still having panic attacks.
Gabapentin vs buspirone for anxiety?
Question posted by Akstout99 on 31 Dec 2021
Last updated on 1 January 2022
Everyone responds differently to medications so it can be hard to find what works best for you. For instance, gabapentin did nothing for my anxiety and I had some side effects with it. I'm currently taking buspirone which is working wonders with no side effects but I needed to increase my dosage to 30mg twice daily for it to be completely effective.
These links may be helpful to you... one is the user reviews for gabapentin for treating anxiety and the other lists the potential side effects. Just keep in mind that most people don't have side effects when starting medications. If you scroll down to the Professional section you'll see that the listed side effects affect less than 10% of users for the most part.
Best regards and I hope you're feeling better soon.
Thank you very much ! I think the biggest struggle is finding things that help and not Make it worse but unfortunately most meds take time abs it’s a true struggle . I seem to have severe side effects with everything
How much Klonopin are you taking a day and when did you start? Sounds like buspirone isn't for you. It wasn't for me either. If you decide to get off make sure you taper off buspirone. I went cold turkey and got some brain zaps to keep me from sleeping. Ask your doctor for a gene test to see what medication might be better accepted by your body for anxiety. Helped me find Trintellix which was right for my anxiety. For clonazepam take it as an attack is coming on (aka as needed). It's by no means a daily drug.
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