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Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Will Buspar (buspirone) cause weight gain?

Will Buspar (buspirone) cause weight gain?

Not commonly: Weight gain is not common with Buspar (buspirone) -- happens in less than 1% of people according to pre-clinical studies.

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Dr. Michael Rothman
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Weight Gain (Definition)

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper Dr. Kleerekoper
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
47 years in practice
University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine
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Does Buspar (buspirone) cause weight gain? I hear most antidepressants are weight neutral but I've gained with most! Thanks - agoraphobia/anxiety here

Does Buspar (buspirone) cause weight gain? I hear most antidepressants are weight neutral but I've gained with most! Thanks - agoraphobia/anxiety here

Buspar (buspirone): If Buspar (buspirone) has help with your depression you could still take it. For your agoraphobia/anxiety you would be best to see a Psychiatrist and/or a Psychologist. Agoraphobia and anxiety can be very troubling.

Dr. Joseph Banken Dr. Banken
General Practice
years in practice
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On Lexapro and Buspar (buspirone) for depression weight gain and increased agression my doc won't take me off because my dad thinks its working what should I do?

On Lexapro and Buspar (buspirone) for depression weight gain and increased agression my doc won't take me off because my dad thinks its working what should I do?

Want off medication: I am not sure of your age, so that makes it difficult to answer your question. Having an honest discussion with your doctor is needed, and this is also needed with your dad. The medication may be helping you, and this is likely why there is hesitation for you to come off the medication. So, start with an honest discussion with your dad and your doctor. Consider a slow taper of your medication

Dr. Patricia Foster Dr. Foster
Psychiatry
40 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Considering Buspar (buspirone) for GAD, but very very concerned about weight gain (part of reason I am anxious in the first place).is weight gain common?

Considering Buspar (buspirone) for GAD, but very very concerned about weight gain (part of reason I am anxious in the first place).is weight gain common?

Unlikely: Weight gain is listed as an uncommon (~1%) side effect of Buspar (buspirone). If this has been recommended by your doctor for GAD, it's worth trying. Monitor your weight and let doc know if you're concerned and stop med if it's a problem. Bottom line: Buspar (buspirone) is not associated with weight gain. I hope this helps.

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Dr. Lynne Weixel Dr. Weixel
Clinical Psychology
32 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Is Buspar (buspirone) an anti anxiety med? Weight gain? Does it have to be taken every day? Or is it like valium. Thanks

Is Buspar (buspirone) an anti anxiety med? Weight gain? Does it have to be taken every day? Or is it like valium. Thanks

Yes, maybe, yes, no: It is an anti-anxiety drug and for some it does seem to increase appetite and result in weight gain and it is to be taken regularly as directed - it is not a PRN-type (for the moment) medication. Discuss this at length w/ your doctor and if they are not experts - ask for a referral to have your needs evaluated. Add therapy to optimize effectiveness of any drug tx. Best!

Dr. Dariush Saghafi Dr. Saghafi
Neurology
29 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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I've been taking Buspar for about 2 months. I take 10mg twice a day. I can deal with the dizziness and even the weight gain, but I'm really struggling with the extreme tiredness. I love how it has helped my anxiety. Is there something I can do with my cur

I've been taking Buspar for about 2 months. I take 10mg twice a day. I can deal with the dizziness and even the weight gain, but I'm really struggling with the extreme tiredness. I love how it has helped my anxiety. Is there something I can do with my cur

Speak to your doctor: You may still benefit from the drug by just cutting back on the daily dose but should speak to your doctor to discuss the feasibility of that recommendation given that it is helping you clinically.

Dr. Jura Adams Dr. Adams
Psychiatry
40 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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I got off anti psychotics tired of weight gain It was only prescribed for sleep I take Buspar (buspirone) what are sleep meds don't leave you tired stay sleep?

I got off anti psychotics tired of weight gain It was only prescribed for sleep I take Buspar (buspirone) what are sleep meds don't leave you tired stay sleep?

Sleeping medication: I tend to gravitate toward prescribing the older sleeping agents like Flurazepam and Temazepam. They seem to be more effective at keeping you asleep. They are also much less expensive and do not induce sleepwalking like Ambien (zolpidem) does.

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover Dr. Satinover
Psychiatry
35 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at Houston
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I had extreme nausea on a very low dose of Abilify (aripiprazole) & had to discontinue use? Would Buspar have a similar side effect? Also does it cause weight gain

I had extreme nausea on a very low dose of Abilify (aripiprazole) & had to discontinue use? Would Buspar have a similar side effect? Also does it cause weight gain

Not likely: Buspar and Abilify (aripiprazole) affect very different brain systems and have different uses. Each has its own side effect profile. (the one cannot be substituted for the other.).

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Dr. Lynne Weixel Dr. Weixel
Clinical Psychology
32 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Dr. Jessica Langenhan Dr. Langenhan
Psychiatry
12 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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I am on 100 mg trazadone 300 valafexiline 30 buspar (buspirone). Is this a bad combo.? I have higher b.p. excessive sweating, weight gain. Also blood panel recen

I am on 100 mg trazadone 300 valafexiline 30 buspar (buspirone). Is this a bad combo.? I have higher b.p. excessive sweating, weight gain. Also blood panel recen

Possible side effect: Based on the symptoms you are experiencing, this might not be a good medication combination for you. Individuals can differ in terms of what medication combinations and doses work for them. Venlafaxine (Effexor) can cause people's blood pressure to increase. Too much serotonin (which is one of the brain chemicals that these 3 medications affect), can cause excessive sweating as well.

Dr. Marc Zimmermann Dr. Zimmermann
Psychiatry
18 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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Dr. James Rotchford Dr. Rotchford
Addiction Medicine
37 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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If we need to control GAD&SAD with fewer possibility of weight gain and drowsiness so which combo more compatible: (BUSPAR/PROZAC) or (BUSPAR/ZOLOFT)?

If we need to control GAD&SAD with fewer possibility of weight gain and drowsiness so which combo more compatible: (BUSPAR/PROZAC) or (BUSPAR/ZOLOFT)?

It depends: Everyone is different so a trial and error attempt is often required. How about buproprion (Wellbutrin) and Buspar (buspirone)? SAD also can respond to light therapy so don't leave that option out. Also some patients with a diagnosis of GAD have other issues going on. Commonly they will have aspects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which can benefit from specific therapy.

Dr. Bruce Jacobs Dr. Jacobs
Family Medicine
years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Amanda Itzkoff Dr. Itzkoff
Psychiatry
14 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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I got off anti psychotics gained weight they were for sleep I take 15mg Buspar (buspirone) what are sleep med that will let me stay asleep and not tired?

I got off anti psychotics gained weight they were for sleep I take 15mg Buspar (buspirone) what are sleep med that will let me stay asleep and not tired?

Sleep & psych: There's no one best medication for treatment of insomnia, nor one best class of med. Talk with your doctor about the right medication for your symptoms. Changes in sleep patterns (sleeping more or less) may represent exacerbation of an underlying psychiatric illness (depression, mania, anxiety. ..). Changes in sleep habits shu b reported to ur doc. Adderall, (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) a stimulant, may worsen insomnia.

Dr. Timothy Durkee Dr. Durkee
Obstetrics & Gynecology
24 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Weight gain program?

And?: Are you looking for one? Why? What is your goal? Do you have a medical problem?

Dr. Dan Fisher Dr. Fisher
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Weight gain after valleyfever?

Weight gain after valleyfever?

Possible.: This is not a feature of the disease itself, but may accompany any protracted illness. You may have lost some weight with the illness for a variety of reasons and are now regaining to your norm. If wt gain is excessive see you doc.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What are some weight gain foods?

What are some weight gain foods?

Foods to help with: Healthy weight gain: almonds, cashews, pecans, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, hummus, avocadoes, granola, trail mix, dried fruits, extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, protein shakes, protein bars, lean meats, poultry, fish, smoothies (with added silken tofu or powdered milk), greek yogurt (full –fat), pasta/ bagels & use of juice rather than soda. Some people add whey proteins.

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Dr. Kumar
Internal Medicine
33 years in practice
Banaras Hindu University Institute of Medical Sciences
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What weight gain milkshake to use?

What weight gain milkshake to use?

Basics: Drink more milk and eat well. Avoid unhealthy foods.

Dr. Matt Wachsman Dr. Wachsman
Internal Medicine
32 years in practice
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What are the tests for Weight gain?

What are the tests for Weight gain?

Fairly obvious: To see if there is weight gain simply using a scale works well. You might mean why someone gained weight, generally looking and talking determines the answer. Sometimes getting someone to write down everything they eat is needed but not generally that hard.

Dr. Luis Bendezu Dr. Bendezu
Internal Medicine
25 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Does soyabean helps in weight gain?

Does soyabean helps in weight gain?

Clarify: Are you asking if soy beans help you gain or lose weight? They are an excellent source of protein. By themselves, they will not help you gain or lose weight but as part of a healthy diet they can help in both.

Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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