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What is the minimum stable dosage of buspirone (buspar). Should it be 30mg daily or 20mg works also for patients with gad.

What is the minimum stable dosage of buspirone (buspar). Should it be 30mg daily or 20mg works also for patients with gad.

30-60mg/day: Work closely with your md, as increasing too rapidly can make you unsteady, dizzy. Buspar (buspirone) can be started 5-10mg 2-3x a day and increased by 5-10mg every 4+days as tolerated up to max 60mg/day or lower if not tolerate that high of a dose. Some indivs need the 60mg/day total dosing to reach significant benefit of buspar (buspirone). It also can take 4-6 weeks for a response. ...Read more

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Extreme anxiety, tried celexa/xanax, sensitive to small dosages. I heard Buspar (buspirone) might be good for anxiety, is this a milder med compared to those?

Extreme anxiety, tried celexa/xanax, sensitive to small dosages. I heard Buspar (buspirone) might be good for anxiety, is this a milder med compared to those?

Medication may: Be helpful w/your anxiety but consider psychotherapy as well. You can learn specific strategies to help you cope such as self-hypnosis, biofeedback, cognitive behavioral therapy, etc. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I'm taking 10 mg buspar, (buspirone) 1 mg clonazepam daily, my dosage of fluoxetine was, just increased from 30 to 40mg...I have ringing in my ears constant...Thx.

I'm taking 10 mg buspar, (buspirone) 1 mg clonazepam daily, my dosage of fluoxetine was, just increased from 30 to 40mg...I have ringing in my ears constant...Thx.

Medication side effe: I can't tell from the description you provide what the time sequence is, but the first thing to do is always rule out a medication side effect. If it is safe for you to return to 30 mg of fluoxetine that might solve the problem. ...Read more

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I have been buspar for about 9 months. My doctor recent increased my dosage to 5 mg 3 times per day. It caused very bad twitching of my limbs and muscle jerking and brain zaps. I am hoping it was the medicine. I am in the process of getting off the m

I have been buspar for about 9 months. My doctor recent increased my dosage to 5 mg 3 times per day. It caused very bad twitching of my limbs and muscle jerking and brain zaps. I am hoping it was the medicine. I am in the process of getting off the m

Uncommon side effect: Unfortunately this is a non-lethal side effect of Buspirone. It is described:"Infrequent were muscle cramps, muscle spasms, rigid/stiff muscles, and arthralgias; rare was muscle weakness". The side effects you are experiencing these side effects and it would be wise to taper it off with your doctor's directions. ...Read more

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Is Buspar (buspirone) a PRN medication? And should the dose be upped after taking the same dose for a while?

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Is Buspar (buspirone) a PRN medication? And should the dose be upped after taking the same dose for a while?

Buspar (buspirone): Not PRN. Maximizing the dose as tolerated up to 20mg. 3 times a day. ...Read more

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I accidentally took a double dose of my buspar (buspirone). Normal is 15mg x 3 and I took 30 at once. Is this safe?

I accidentally took a double dose of my buspar (buspirone). Normal is 15mg x 3 and I took 30 at once. Is this safe?

Yes: You should be fine. Drink lots of water just watch for drowsiness/ lightheartedness. Take buspar (buspirone) with or without food. If this was the 2nd dose of the day then take the next dose the next day. For Buspar to work properly it should be taken at regular intervals (2 -3 divided doses/day). Choose the times that are best for you; this way you can take your medication at same time each day. ...Read more

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Dose Buspar (buspirone) exist extended release tablets if not do you think they will make it Extended release soon?

Buspar (buspirone): Buspar (buspirone) is marketed as an immediate release medication. I know that the company patented an extended release tablet in 1995, but I don't remember if it ever came to market. ...Read more

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What is the usual dose of Buspar (buspirone) for gad and how long can I take this medication safely?

What is the usual dose of Buspar (buspirone) for gad and how long can I take this medication safely?

Dosing for Buspirone: Buspirone (buspar) is an anti anxiety medication which can be prescribed in doses ranging from 10 to 60 mg, or if necessary up to 90 mg a day. It is well tolerated if taken with food, and every 4 to 6 hours apart. The most effective dosing protocol is taking up to 20 mg three times a day, and or at bedtime. The response depends on each individual and the severity of the condition. ...Read more

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I take Buspar (buspirone) 15mg BID. Accidentally took 30mg this morning. Am I ok?? Should I skip tonight's dose? Please help. Pharm is closed

I take Buspar (buspirone) 15mg BID. Accidentally took 30mg this morning. Am I ok?? Should I skip tonight's dose? Please help. Pharm is closed

Not a big deal: Skip the dose. Start back as prescribed tomorrow. With time and cognitive behavioral therapy this may become a moot point as you may not require as much or any medication in the future. ...Read more

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Can Buspar (buspirone) bi used one dose a day only for reversing the sexual side effect?

Maybe?: Almost 60% of people switched to Buspar (buspirone) actually have an improvement of their sexual function. Each person is a bit different though. I would recommend using it in the morning to see if the bad side effects wear off at night time, or the reverse if you're more interested in morning sexual activity ...Read more

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How long do the side effects of Buspar (buspirone) last. I began taking a higher dose of 30mg 2x a day 5 days ago and am still feeling nauseous.

How long do the side effects of Buspar (buspirone) last. I began taking a higher dose of 30mg 2x a day 5 days ago and am still feeling nauseous.

Take w/ meals: GI receptors for serotonin attract Buspar (buspirone) causing the nausea. Take it with meals at lower divided dosages or lower it to least effective ones. ...Read more

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I'm on Zoloft 50mg Buspar (buspirone) 20mg when I add senc one week the dose of Zoloft to 75 and Buspar (buspirone) to 30mg I fell more anxious and nerves?

I'm on Zoloft 50mg Buspar (buspirone) 20mg when I add senc one week the dose of Zoloft to 75 and Buspar (buspirone) to 30mg I fell more anxious and nerves?

Tell your doctor: And you may need to give it time, adjust your meds or do something differently. Are you eating enough? Track your eating, sleeping and your med pattern. Call your doctor and report this and get help. That's what they are there for. Nurses can triage this until the MD gets back to you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you drink alcohol occasionally while taking a low dose of Buspar 5mg Daily? 2.5mg Evening, 2.5mg Night.

Can you drink alcohol occasionally while taking a low dose of Buspar 5mg Daily? 2.5mg Evening, 2.5mg Night.

Consider Changes: Buspar (buspirone) has few interactions with other medications and usually mild or no side effects. Alcohol is a powerful drug and combined with Buspar can be sedating. Also, alcohol has rebound withdrawal effects 18 to 24 hours after drinking causing nervousness relieved by more alcohol. Consider counseling & stopping all alcohol with higher doses of Buspar until anxiety relieved.
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Having insomnia from palpitations and feeling not getting enough air been on Buspar (buspirone) 10mg 2xdaily 2weeks can increase dose help this?

Having insomnia from palpitations and feeling not getting enough air been on Buspar (buspirone) 10mg 2xdaily 2weeks can increase dose help this?

Possibly: You wrote previously about having had your symptoms checked in er, and had normal exams, etc. Your symptoms are very common in anxiety, which Buspar (buspirone) can help. Buspar (buspirone) can be increased in dose, and your doctor can work with you on this. Another essential part of treatment is psychotherapy, because this can help you learn healthy ways of dealing with painful emotion -- including anxiety. Be well. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take the lowest dose of Lexapro in the mornimg and the lowest dose of Buspar (buspirone) at night? Will it cause Seratonin Syndrome?

Safe: Seratonin syndrome is very rare, and many patients use those medicines together, even at higher doses, safely. Buspar (buspirone) may need to be used multiple times a day to be effective. Therapy together with these meds can also help to get better control of your anxiety. Good luck! ...Read more

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What will happen if I miss one dose of buspar (buspirone)? I take it before bed and 12 hours later. I've missed yesterday and todays second dose, and anxiety rose

What will happen if I miss one dose of buspar (buspirone)? I take it before bed and 12 hours later. I've missed yesterday and todays second dose, and anxiety rose

Compliance is key: Compliance is key to good outcomes for any medical condition. Missing a dose or two or three or 10 of any medication simply raises the chances of a sub optimal outcome. In some cases that could be very bad and in other cases it really doesn't affect overall quality of life too much but you should always try and be compliant if you want to feel better. ...Read more

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Tried 10mg dose of Buspar (buspirone) at 5-6pm instead of 8 cause I thought it made insomnia worse. Get whooshes/head rushes after an hour. Not after am dose tho.

Half dose: I would try taking half a pill. Buspar (buspirone) one is not a coated/long acting pill so should be fine. If scored you should be able to break in half. If not get a pill cutter. If that works you can ask your doc for 5 MG pills on your next refill. Buspar (buspirone) one max dose is 60 MG daily and you ca. Take it every 4-6 hrs. Hope this helps ...Read more

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Can rispredal Zoloft Buspar (buspirone) Lower my Pressure because wheni I race The dose from 50 to 75mg Zoloft and 20 to 30 Buspar (buspirone) my pressure went down to 100/59?

Possible: … but unlikely. A very mild decrease in blood pressure has been seen with some SSRIs, but your pressure of 100/59 suggests a greater effect than what is customarily seen. Neither buspirone or risperidone have been implicated in drops in blood pressure. Look for other reasons. ...Read more

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Have started Buspar (buspirone) 5mg twice daily as initial dose with Prozac 20mg that I am already taking. How soon should be the Buspar (buspirone) increased to 10mg twice daily safely without increase in side effects?

Have started Buspar (buspirone) 5mg twice daily as initial dose with Prozac 20mg that I am already taking. How soon should be the Buspar (buspirone) increased to 10mg twice daily safely without increase in side effects?

Depends: That is a low starting dose. I use up to 30mg twice per day. I sometimes start people at 15mg per day so if you don't have any side effects in a few days you can increase. ...Read more

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Can I take Buspar (buspirone) one dose in the morning with Zoloft because make insomnia to night?

3 times a day: While there is no specific contraindication to taking Buspar (buspirone) with Zoloft, the usual caution applies to medications in combination. The side effects can be more frequent and more intense than with one medication alone. Buspar (buspirone) should be taken three times a day. If it is tending to cause insomnia, taking one dose in the morning should be okay if the three doses can be spaced out during the day. ...Read more

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Ugmentation of the dose of Buspar (buspirone) can replace ugmontaion of Zoloft to not have sexual side effect im on the tow medication?

Ugmentation of the dose of Buspar (buspirone) can replace ugmontaion of Zoloft to not have sexual side effect im on the tow medication?

Treatment options: Unfortunately sexual side effects are not uncommon during antidepressant (sertraline, Zoloft) therapy. Options to overcome include:

1. dosage reduction if appropriate
2 change médication to one with less risk of sexual side effects (bupropion, mirtazepine)
3 non FDA approved interventions include adding a medication to over come this adverse event including but not limited too buspirone.
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Thinking of asking for Buspar, (buspirone) so I don't have to be on Xanax, added to my Prozac and maybe an up on my dose (20 to 30). Thoughts?

Thinking of asking for Buspar, (buspirone) so I don't have to be on Xanax, added to my Prozac and maybe an up on my dose (20 to 30). Thoughts?

Anxiety: Buspirone is approved for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder and is sometimes used off-label for other anxiety disorders and depression. For some patients it is very effective. Higher doses of an SSRI such as fluoxetine (Prozac) are often effective for anxiety. I would ask your physician about both of these changes, but DO NOT stop the Xanax (alprazolam) on your own, this can be very dangerous. ...Read more

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I'm on 7.5 mg of Buspar (buspirone) twice daily. The morning dose makes me so dizzy and sleepy I can barely function. Is it ok to take both doses at bedtime?

No: Buspirone is a short acting drug and needs to be taken two to three times a day for maximal effect. I would recommend talking to your doctor about dropping you back to 5 mg twice a day or several weeks and then then trying to increase it. Most people need 30 mg a day or more for good effect. ...Read more

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Take 10mg Buspar (buspirone) am & pm. Moved pm dose from ~8 to 5 but then felt dizzy/faint after that dose ~.5 hr later. Twice. Never after am dose. Any ideas?

Take 10mg Buspar (buspirone) am & pm. Moved pm dose from ~8 to 5 but then felt dizzy/faint after that dose ~.5 hr later. Twice. Never after am dose. Any ideas?

Half dose: I would try taking half a pill. Buspar (buspirone) is not a coated/long acting pill so should be fine. If scored you should be able to break in half. If not get a pill cutter. If that works you can ask your doc for 5 MG pills on your next refill. Buspar (buspirone) max dose is 60 MG daily and you can Take it every 4-6 hrs. Hope this helps ...Read more

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I'm on Zoloft 75mg and Buspar (buspirone) 10mg twice if I take 50mg of Zoloft and agmuont the dose of Buspar (buspirone) can gave the same effect to reduce sexual side effects?

Remember why: You are taking zoloft and buspar (buspirone). Most people take these to treat a mental illness. If you are doing well with your mental illness, but suffering sexual side effects, please talk to your psychiatrist. He/she can advice you on how best to reduce sexual side effect while keeping your mental illness under control. Please do not adjust medication just to reduce side effects. ...Read more

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I'm on Zoloft 50mg and Buspar (buspirone) 10mg twice a day doc agmont the dos of Buspar (buspirone) to 20mg twice a day is that safe and good dose? What Buspar (buspirone) can help?

Yes, safe.: Yes - can help. See that you take ativan. When taking ativan a person can usually feel "different" after taking it. Buspar (buspirone) is usually more subtle - it works by helping to decrease symptoms of anxiety & usually the person doesn't feel tangibly "different". It is a gem of a medication. Take care. ...Read more

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Can somebody take Cymbalta at low dose for pain in his back while Taking Zoloft 50mg and Buspar (buspirone) 20mg did this combination exist?

Can somebody take Cymbalta at low dose for pain in his back while Taking Zoloft 50mg and Buspar (buspirone) 20mg did this combination exist?

A bit unusual...: Duloxetine (Cymbalta) is an SNRI that enhances serotonin and norepinephrine. Sertraline (Zoloft) enhances only serotonin.

Duloxetine is approved for Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depression and several forms of pain, and it seems to help a substantial portion of patients with their pain.

I am not sure why you would be on both sertraline and duloxetine, as their mechanisms are similar. ...Read more