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I'm on cymbalta normally anxiety/depression free. I have break-throughs. My mom, who's a RN, will give me Xanax. How do u think Buspar (buspirone) will affect me?

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Dr. Douglas Smith
Family Medicine
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In brief: Depends

I've used Buspar (buspirone) for patients with anxiety with varying success.
Typically it's used as a regularly scheduled medication 3x a day & I've found success with this. Rarely I have used it on an as needed basis & found a few patients who have responded well. It's less potent than Xanax/Ativan but those also comes with less risk for abuse. I like to trial it at 5 mg 3x/day prn & increase as needed.

In brief: Depends

I've used Buspar (buspirone) for patients with anxiety with varying success.
Typically it's used as a regularly scheduled medication 3x a day & I've found success with this. Rarely I have used it on an as needed basis & found a few patients who have responded well. It's less potent than Xanax/Ativan but those also comes with less risk for abuse. I like to trial it at 5 mg 3x/day prn & increase as needed.
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