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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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Is Buspar (buspirone) and Propranolol safe together? Pro is great for my BP and panic and Buspar (buspirone) works for my anxiety. Is the combo safe?

Is Buspar (buspirone) and Propranolol safe together? Pro is great for my BP and panic and Buspar (buspirone) works for my anxiety. Is the combo safe?

Yes, safe: Hi Brad
Very good question. It is always a good idea to check med interactions before starting a new med. These two medications are safe to take together and do not have any documented interactions. ...Read more

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I have been on Lorazepam for awhile now...Is there a worry about addiction? It works very well for me. My pharmacist recommended Buspar (buspirone) instead???

I have been on Lorazepam for awhile now...Is there a worry about addiction? It works very well for me. My pharmacist recommended Buspar (buspirone) instead???

Addiction possible: Lorazepam can be addicting, especially for people with a personal or family history of problems with alcohol. Otherwise, your having done well on lorazepam suggests that you will continue to do well with it. Buspar (buspirone) works well for some people and not for others. If having impulse-control problems, Buspar (buspirone) is certainly an option that could be tried but generally takes longer to achieve an effect. ...Read more

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I'd like to taper off of Lexapro (7 wks) to see if new Buspar (buspirone) Rx works. Lex doesn't seem to work on my anxiety. Dr appt in 2 mo, don't want to wait.?

I'd like to taper off of Lexapro (7 wks) to see if new Buspar (buspirone) Rx works. Lex doesn't seem to work on my anxiety. Dr appt in 2 mo, don't want to wait.?

Lexapro (escitalopram) Tapering: I understand your need to have Relief from Anxiety.

Please see Psychiatrist or his Associate soon for your desire to taper off Lexapro with monitoring of Withdrawal symptoms.

Using Buspar (buspirone) with Lexapro can increase the risk of serious Serotonin Syndrome.

It can be up to 2 weeks before Buspar (buspirone) will work. ...Read more

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Can Buspar (buspirone) worsen clinical depression, left untreated, for the way it works with serotonin and dopamine?

Can Buspar (buspirone) worsen clinical depression, left untreated, for the way it works with serotonin and dopamine?

No, buspar (buspirone) doesn't: Commonly effect mood. To the extent that one ignores treatment because they're feeling well, it is on only a matter of time until they will, unfortunately, feel worse (relapse). It does sound like you drink quite a bit, and this can also affect mood very negatively. If you feel suicidal, make sure to ring your doc *right now* and head to ur closest ER or call 911 and have ur MD paged from ER. ...Read more

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Which is safer and which works best- Buspar (buspirone) or ativan for anxiety treatment? In someone with a heart condition which is safer?

Which is safer and which works best- Buspar (buspirone) or ativan for anxiety treatment? In someone with a heart condition which is safer?

Anxiety Tretment?: Ideally u should discuss this with u pcp and based on his finding, he can recommend to u what to take. In general Ativan can cause. More sedation and habit forming, but can work better and faster than buspar (buspirone). ...Read more

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How many minutes does it take Buspar to take effect? And how long does Buspar stay in your system

How many minutes does it take Buspar to take effect? And how long does Buspar stay in your system

Within a couple: Of hours to take effect. To achieve maximum results you must be on it at least 4-6ms. And the length of time it stays in your system depends on how long your were on it. After 8-12 hour period in most but not all cases. ...Read more

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How long does it take for 15mg of Buspar (buspirone) to leave the body?

How long does it take for 15mg of Buspar (buspirone) to leave the body?

72 hours: The half life of Buspar (buspirone) is up to 12 hours. Therefore it should be out of your system in 72 hours. ...Read more

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42 year old male, how long does Buspar (buspirone) stay in your system. I have been taking 15mg a day for 3.5 weeks. 7.5 mg twice a day.?

42 year old male, how long does Buspar (buspirone) stay in your system. I have been taking 15mg a day for 3.5 weeks. 7.5 mg twice a day.?

3-hours half-life: Buspar (buspirone hcl) has a relatively short half-life (the time it takes for 1/2 to disappear in your body) is only about 3 hours. Typically, after 5-6 half-lives, there isn't much left in the body following the last dose. Because you r using a small dosage, there isn't much in your body after a day or 2. If you have additional concern, repost questions or consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr just gave me viladozone and told me to stop 20 mg daily buspar (buspirone). do I need to wait for buspar (buspirone) to clear from my system first? If so how long?

Dr just gave me viladozone and told me to stop 20 mg daily buspar (buspirone). do I need to wait for buspar (buspirone) to clear from my system first? If so how long?

At least 24 hours: The half life of Buspar (buspirone) and it's active metabolite is 3 and 6 hours respectively. This means that very little will be present 24 hours after stopping it. There is a possible interaction between Buspar (buspirone) and viladozone so it's wise to wait at least 24 hours after stopping Buspar (buspirone) before starting Viladozone. ...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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How long should someone take buspar (buspirone)? Do you need to get weaned off of it? Does abrupt discontinuation cause problems?

How long should someone take buspar (buspirone)? Do you need to get weaned off of it? Does abrupt discontinuation cause problems?

Talk to your doctor!: Talk to your doctor! The basic answer is that you should take Buspar (buspirone) as long as directed by your doctor. Do not stop it on your own. You will need to get instructions on how to stop taking it. Originally Buspar (buspirone) was not thought to cause problems when it was taken for a short time. Sometimes it is used for long periods of time, in those cases many physicians will wean off slowly. Ask your physician. ...Read more

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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?

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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Tapering up on Buspar, (buspirone) currently 20 mg a day to work up to 30 mgs. How long does this medication typically take to work and to feel a difference.?

Tapering up on Buspar, (buspirone) currently 20 mg a day to work up to 30 mgs. How long does this medication typically take to work and to feel a difference.?

BuSpar (buspirone): It generally takes about 4 weeks for patients to start noticing a difference with BuSpar (buspirone). .. However, to be honest, this is more of an average than it is a rule of thumb (sometimes it's 2 weeks, sometimes 6). Hope that helps! ...Read more

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How long will diarrhea and headache symptoms last with Buspar?

Week or so: Headache and diarrhea are common side effects of buspar. In most people they resolve in a week or two. If it is severe, or if it is not resolving then your doctor may need to lower the dose and go up more slowly. ...Read more

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Ssri compare with buspar, (buspirone) which one preferred for long term in treating anxiety, how long for each one?

Anxiety, Medications: I understand your anxiety.
Anxiety is treatable with good results
Treatment of anxiety should not be only Medications
Treatment needs to include Therapy, Breathing Relaxation, Visual Imagery, Tai Chi, Yoga, Meditation
SSRI medications are primarily for depression
Buspar is primarily for anxiety.
Both can have side effects
See Psychiatrist for need, benefits, side effects of both medications, Ther ...Read more

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How long does it take, on average, to start feeling the therapeutic effects of Buspar (buspirone)? my doc started me on 5mg three times a day

Buspirone: Buspirone works by modulating serotonin through the 1A receptor. There are also some effects on dopamine receptors. It is approved for generalized anxiety disorder. Studies have shown it can be an effective addition to antidepressant medications. It generally takes 2-4 weeks to see an effect and sometimes longer for full effect. ...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.

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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How long does Buspar (buspirone) 5 mg 3xs day stay in your system. My last does was last night I only took for 6 days. My dr said to stop. When can I take zofran

Buspar/clearance: Under ordinary circumstances, the Buspirone should clear in 12-24 hrs, although traces could be detected in urine (if we could test). I don't believe there would be any interference if you are or not on Zofran (ondansetron). ...Read more

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Is it true and fact that Buspar (buspirone) lose its effectiveness over the period of time (long term) completely and the possibility of relapse may take place?

No: Buspar (buspirone) is not a habit-forming medicine, & you don't develop tolerance to it. However, it is a weak and old medication, and there are much more effective medications that can be added to Buspar (buspirone) or taken alone. ...Read more

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How long after being off 15mg of Buspar 3 times a day is it safe to have alcohol again? I've only been on it 12 days but was misdiagnosed and have been off for a day and a half.

How long after being off 15mg of Buspar 3 times a day is it safe to have alcohol again? I've only been on it 12 days but was misdiagnosed and have been off for a day and a half.

Never: Alcohol is a poison and it never did anybody any good, ever, so stay away from it.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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How long will Buspar (buspirone) make me dizzy?

How long will Buspar (buspirone) make me dizzy?

Mild? Severe?: As a general rule, side-effects on initiation of any drug can be mild or severe. If mild, side-effects often disappear within a week or ten days. Stronger side-effects often persist, making the medication unusable. ...Read more

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How long before I can start Buspar (buspirone) after stopping prozac?

See below: That depends on your prescribing physician's guidance but both can be taken together. ...Read more

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I have GAD& My anxiety's been out of control for a long time. I've tried klonopin and buspar, neither worked. Is there another med you'd recommend?

Anxiety medication: I would consider an antidepressant that is also used for GAD. The SSRI's such as citalopram or sertraline are such examples. These medications help with longer-term anxiety management. I would also recommend finding a therapist if you don't have one already, as a therapist can help you develop tools and skills to manage anxiety as a supplement to any medications you may take. ...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

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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What is the max amt of time one should take Zoloft and buspar (buspirone)? What are the long term effects of taking these.

What is the max amt of time one should take Zoloft and buspar (buspirone)? What are the long term effects of taking these.

As long as necessary: In conjunction with the prescribing physician you should take these medications as long as is necessary to successful treat the condition for which they are prescribed. There are no significant long term adverse effects. ...Read more

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My dr. Switched me from Buspar (buspirone) to zoloft, and now I'm experiencing great anxiety again. How long will the Zoloft take to kick in? Is this normal?

My dr. Switched me from Buspar (buspirone) to zoloft, and now I'm experiencing great anxiety again. How long will the Zoloft take to kick in? Is this normal?

3-12 weeks: Zoloft effectiveness for gad (number of people):

not at all somewhat moderate high very high
overall 6 55 91 74 24
long term
(1+ years) 0 16 46 42 18
if it works it can take 3-12 weeks for its effect. Www. Ehealthme. Com/cd/gad/zoloft unlike lexapro, (escitalopram) zoloft was never fda approved for generalized anxiety. ...Read more

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I took 1 pill of Buspirone 5 mg and got a bad side effects. 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 effects. 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!!

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