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BuSpar (buspirone) makes me anxious and mad. I started it 9 days ago. Will the side effects go away? If so how long until I can expect some relief?

BuSpar (buspirone) makes me anxious and mad. I started it 9 days ago. Will the side effects go away? If so how long until I can expect some relief?

Agitation on buspar (buspirone): In my experience this can happen with some people and I don't think it resolves with time. Just because it is approved for anxiety treatment doesn't mean it helps all types of anxiety. Talk with your prescriber. ...Read more

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I am taking Buspar (buspirone) and want to know what are the side effects?

I am taking Buspar (buspirone) and want to know what are the side effects?

Usually none.: Buspar (buspirone) side effects may include: headache, feeling tired, dizziness, premature ejaculation, insomnia, tremor, nausea, vomiting, constipation, loose stools, abdominal discomfort, dry mouth, nervousness, depressed or angry mood, rapid heart rate, chest pain, nasal congestion & rash. It tends to be a well tolerated medication. ...Read more

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Side effects to buspar (buspirone)?

Side effects to buspar (buspirone)?

Well - tolerated: My patients have tolerated Buspar (buspirone) exceptionally well. The most common side effect they have reported is dizziness. Other potential side effects can include: headache, feeling tired, ringing of ears, paradoxical feelings of restlessness or anxiety, blurring of vision, nausea, GI upset, dry mouth & congestion. Priapism would be a very rare but serious side effect. See below. ...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 the least effective ones. ...Read more

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I stopped taking lexipro after 5 days because of side effects. Can I resume taking buspar (buspirone) the next day? I was on buspar (buspirone) before the lexipro.

Talk to prescriber: The doctors who prescribed both drugs (I assume they are from different prescribers) are who you need to talk to, or at least your pharmacist. Without knowing what your health history is, what medications have been used before, and what other medications you are taking, it is impossible to advise you. Buspar (buspirone) is not an antidepressant, and is only for anxiety, while lexapro can work for both. ...Read more

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Which is best for G A D. Buspar (buspirone) or Remeron and which has the least side effects. Thanks?

Too many!: You already take drugs appropriate for GAD and either of the ones you wish to add are VERY risky in combination w/ the Lexapro (escitalopram). Neither is advised. Tere are also less severe warnings about their interaction w/ your diazepam. Don't expect everything to be done by pills. There is strong and massive research that shows these are all more effective in combo w/ CBT therapy. You need to get involved! ...Read more

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Can I take with my paxil 30mg buspar (buspirone) 10 or 20mg only at mornig to reverse side effects and gave me some anrgy?

YES: Don't know what side effects you are having Maybe you need your meds changed. Buspar (buspirone) often is not very effective for GAD but you can take it and the Paxil in the morning. ...Read more

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Have there been studies comparing the effectiveness of BuSpar (buspirone) to SSRI/SNRIs for GAD? If yes, results? Overall, which has more side-effects?

Have there been studies comparing the effectiveness of BuSpar (buspirone) to SSRI/SNRIs for GAD?  If yes, results?  Overall, which has more side-effects?

Mixed: One small clinical trial compared buspirone with sertraline (an SSRI) in elderly patients with GAD; both drugs demonstrated clinically significant anxiolytic effects; however, in another study, extended-release venlafaxine (an SNRI) demonstrated significantly superior efficacy on an anxiety subscale compared with buspirone for treatment of GAD ...Read more

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Don't know much about Buspar (buspirone) but can it be taken with remeron? I tend to over react to side effects, it's the anxiety.

Don't know much about Buspar (buspirone) but can it be taken with remeron? I tend to over react to side effects, it's the anxiety.

Yes.: Buspar (buspirone) is a non- benzodiazepine anti-anxiety medication while Remeron is an atypical antidepressant which is often used to improve appetite and improve the quality of sleep. They can be taken together. ...Read more

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I took 1 pill of Buspirone 5 mg and got a bad side effect. How long does it take to get out of my system? Also, can I take Sudafed while I have Buspar in my system?

I took 1 pill of Buspirone 5 mg and got a bad side effect. How long does it take to get out of my system? Also, can I take Sudafed while I have Buspar in my system?

I would allow: 24 hours to have effects of Buspirone completely out (it's probably sooner but I would allow outer limit) If you are taking Buspar for ANXIETY I would NOT take Sudafed since Sudafed side effect=anxiety!!

Hope this is helpful
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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?

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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I am on 5mg Buspar (buspirone) for my stomach. The medication has been causing me a lot of side effects. Would it be okay to stop suddenly?

Check w your doc: Pharmacologically speaking, a 5 mg dose of Buspar (buspirone) is very low, and not likely to cause any sort of withdrawal syndrome from sudden stopping, but you were place on this drug for a reason. The Best advice is to discuss this with your doc to determine if you need to change meds or stop this drug. ...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 advise 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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Haw long Buspar (buspirone) side effects stay after starting 5mg twice a day for sexual dysfunction combining with Cymbalta 60mg?

Buspar (buspirone) may be used: In conjunction with another SSRI or SNRI, like cymbalta (duloxetine) in the hopes of mitigating sexual side effects related to the SNRI. Typically, Buspar (buspirone) has v limited side effects, but rarely SEs may include dizziness, drowsiness, nervousness, headache, or nausea. Time 2 resolution of SEs will depend on which you're experiencing. Discuss new SEs with ur doc 2 feel btr ASAP! ...Read more

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I'm taking zolof 75 ifeel demotion in my libido and erection do Buspar (buspirone) can help for revers sexual side effects what dose is good to take a day?

I'm taking zolof 75 ifeel demotion in my libido and erection do Buspar (buspirone) can help for revers sexual side effects what dose is good to take a day?

Variable: Zoloft (sertraline) is in the class of antidepressants called ssri. Selective serotonin release inhibitors. They allow yhour brain to recycle serotonin a chemical messenger. Lack of this chemical is felt to be part of the basis for depression. Ssri do not really decrease lipido or erection at all. They delay ejaculation or increase the time from erection to orgasm. The higher the dose the longer it takes. ...Read more

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Can wellbutrin and Buspar (buspirone) and Risperdal togther Help GAD without take ssirs because of sexual side effects?

Can wellbutrin and Buspar (buspirone) and Risperdal togther Help GAD without take ssirs because of sexual side effects?

Yes, potentially: Although I don't think I would put Risperdal into the mix unless there was concern about either some thought disorder (schizoaffective or schizotypal) or evidence of bipolar disorder. Buspar (buspirone) is effective, but often the dose has to be gradually upped to the 60-90 mg range. Sometimes Wellbutrin may make anxiety worse, particularly if it is immediate release. The extended release forms are better. ...Read more

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What is the antidepresant with less side effects for an advance altzheimer's patient? She is taking 15mg buspar (buspirone). Should she quit Buspar (buspirone) before starting an antidepresant such as paxil?

What is the antidepresant with less side effects for an advance altzheimer's patient? She is taking 15mg buspar (buspirone). Should she quit Buspar (buspirone) before starting an antidepresant such as paxil?

Meds in Dementia: Usually in dementia, major issues are lack of energy, motivation, apathy, pleasure, low dose Dopamine enhancing medications may work better such as wellbutrin (safe for heart but increase risk of seizure with higher dose), ritalin
buspar and Paxil (paroxetine) are somewhat similar in the sense they enhance serotonin, Paxil (paroxetine) may have a greater anticholinergic side effect and sedation. ...Read more

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Took 10 mg lexapro 5 mg of Buspar one day. Took 5 mg lexapro 2.5 mg Buspar 2 days. Today is 3rd day off it. Burning sensations through body. Leg cramps. Is this some bad side effects I’m having from these medications? Same affects when took PAXIL

Discuss with MD: It is very hard for us to answer your question as we don't know your history as to why you were taking the two meds and for how long.It is not from the drugs as you are off these for three days.If your symptoms persist then discuss with your treating doctor or Psychiatrist ...Read more

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What is the best anti anxiety depression med that has the least side effects. I did not care for buspar, (buspirone) celexa, or Prozac. Something not 2 addicting?

What is the best anti anxiety depression med that has the least side effects. I did not care for buspar, (buspirone) celexa, or Prozac. Something not 2 addicting?

Depends on you: Every patient is different and will respond better to certain medications while others may not respond well to a particular drug. Best to talk to your own doctor about medicine for anxiety/depression but other drugs such as wellbutrin or Effexor (venlafaxine) might also be useful for you. Of course exercise and good counseling are equally if not more important than any drug. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long does is take for Buspar (buspirone) side effect to go away? Feeling very dizzy. Been on it almost 3 weeks

How long does is take for Buspar (buspirone) side effect to go away? Feeling very dizzy. Been on it almost 3 weeks

Sooner than that: Side effects that have lasted nearly 3 weeks are probably not going to improve anytime soon. Talk to your prescribing doctor about this. He or she may lower your dose or switch you to a different medication. Please don't change it on your own. ...Read more

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My neurologist just gave me strattera and I'm with Buspar (buspirone) with my psychiatrist. Should I worry about side effects?

My neurologist just gave me strattera and I'm with Buspar (buspirone) with my psychiatrist. Should I worry about side effects?

No: There are no known interactions between these 2 medications. Each of them do have their own potential side effects, but are generally tolerated well. As always make sure all of your doctors know all the medications you are taking. ...Read more

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Take treatment for GAD by Prozac 40 mg, my GP wants add either Buspar (buspirone) or Wellbutrin to encounter side effects of Prozac, which the safe and ideal combo?

Buspirone : You may want to talk to your doc about a psychiatry referral since it sounds like (a)he may be in over their head. Buspirone is an anti-anxiety drug, but both Prozac and Wellbutrin (bupropion) can potentially exacerbate anxiety. There are many other potential options if Buspirone is not beneficial, but I would not abandon it before max dose of 60 mg/d. It should be taken 3-4 times dailu ...Read more

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I went on buspar (buspirone) yesterday. Since then my anxiety has been bad and I constantly feel detached from my body making it hard to drive. Do these go away.

Do not drive: 26 year old lady starting buspirone therapy and experiencing exacerbation of anxiety and problems operating machinery. Please park your car, do not drive. Contact your physician you may need to switch medications. The initial dose is usually 15 mg and can be titrated up but with this reaction your MD will want to immediately reevaluate treatment options. Good luck. ...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 nighttime, or the reverse if you're more interested in morning sexual activity ...Read more

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On Buspar (buspirone) for over a week, less anxiety but more anger, this is unlike me. Will this side effect pass or should I stop taking?

Buspar (buspirone): Very common effect when Buspar (buspirone) is started, eases up with time, especially as it seems to be working for the anxiety. Keep your doctor informed of any and all side effects. ...Read more