... tonight and I was extremely nervous about taking this medication. Its 10mg 3 times daily. (As needed) I only took 1 pill tonight to see if I would have any side effects... so far so good. I guess my question is has anyone else been afraid to take medication they have been prescribed to help your anxiety? Why am I scared to try somthing that might help me feel normal again?
Hi, Buspar is a good med so try not to worry too much. When you doctor prescribed this for you, he/she would have taking everything in to consideration; your medical history, health, etc. It can be scary to start something knew but you wouldn't be prescribed something that could knowingly harm you. I've been in your situation. Something to bear in mind; in the UK at least, and probably internationally, drug manufactorers will only recommend 50% of the dose someone can take before there is a worry of overdosing. This isn't just buspar but all meds. So even at the highest dose, potentially you could take twice as much without harming yourself. I'm not suggesting anyone do this, as this precaution is put in place for a reason! But it might ease your mind a bit. Do you trust your doctor? One thing i will mention is not to eat/drink grapefruit while taking buspar, it can cause bad interactions. This is the case with amitriptyline (which i take) and no one told me so i like to point this out! Try to keep going with the buspar. Write back at any time!
You may experience some side effects from the buspar which will get better with continued use such as headache and dizziness. This is really a med that must reach a steady state in the blood to work so taking it as needed is not really going to work. You need to take regularly as prescribed to get the desired effect.
Buspar must always be taken the same way too. If you take it with food, always take with food, if you do not take with food always do not take with food. Also try to take at the same times each day.
It isn't unusual to be nervous about taking a new medicine especially when you are prone to anxiety anyway. Try to be patient and give this medicine time to work. It may take a couple of weeks of continual use to reach effectiveness and for the side effects to subside so hang in there.
hope, no you are not alone. I'm so scared of meds, it takes my doc forever to get me to try something. What I don't understand and I hope Laurie corrects me if I'm wrong, is giving this to you as needed. Sounds like you would need something that you would take everyday and get into your system. That way it would keep you from having the attacks or at least help with them. But he is your doc and he knows your history and I don't. But to answer your question, NO you are not the only one scared to take meds! Let us know how you do.
Hey can you advice me? I have been taking buspar for 6 days 5mg only at night (no side effects) as of tom I have to start to take in morning as well 5mg, how are you getting on so far? as i feel i can relate to your post as I know some people have really bad depression and on more anti-dep but I just feel anxious, I just wanted to now do you feel a difference?
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