View Full Version : Buspirone/Buspar or other anti anxietys?


Macavity224
05-11-11, 09:40 PM
I've got my ADD under control (for the most part) with Ritalin (10mg IR's, up to 4x a day), so now I'm trying to focus on the anxiety. My mind still wanders and fixates on random things no matter how much Ritalin I'm on (most I've taken was 20mg - 2 10mg's at the same time). I was originally diagnosed with OCD/GAD in my childhood/adolescence and was on and off a bunch of different mood stabilizers/SSRI's, none of which did much of anything. I've been looking into Buspar as a treatment for anxiety since it's not an SSRI (from what I understand). Also, Clonazepam and Clonodine seem to be popular on these boards. How are these compared to Buspar? Thanks.

hollywood
05-18-11, 03:00 PM
All the ssri's were horrible for me , I'm trying pristiq -effexor. Seems to be helping.

Macavity224
05-20-11, 11:15 PM
All the ssri's were horrible for me , I'm trying pristiq -effexor. Seems to be helping.

How does an SNRI compare to an SSRI in terms of side effects/anxiety relief? Also, does it help with your ADD at all, or just with anxiety?

FranticFrummie
08-09-11, 02:07 AM
Buspar is VERY gentle, and just helps you collect your thoughts during stressful situations. I take 30mg in the morning, when everyone and their dog seems to need my attention RIGHT NOW! :eek:

When I was in therapy getting treatment for night terrors, I took Buspar before bed to help me get through the fears, and within a few months I had conquered those particular PTSD demons, and no longer need it at night. (BTW, doing NLP therapy for PTSD is freakin' AMAZING! I can't recommend it enough.)

The only side effect I ever had on Buspar, was for about the first 4 or 5 months is made me h*orny as h*ell! I actually know women who had to quit taking it, because it's kind of like being on low dose Viagra all the time. Now there is one side effect I wouldn't mind keeping around. ;)

Macavity224
08-09-11, 07:48 AM
Buspar is VERY gentle, and just helps you collect your thoughts during stressful situations. I take 30mg in the morning, when everyone and their dog seems to need my attention RIGHT NOW! :eek:

When I was in therapy getting treatment for night terrors, I took Buspar before bed to help me get through the fears, and within a few months I had conquered those particular PTSD demons, and no longer need it at night. (BTW, doing NLP therapy for PTSD is freakin' AMAZING! I can't recommend it enough.)

The only side effect I ever had on Buspar, was for about the first 4 or 5 months is made me h*orny as h*ell! I actually know women who had to quit taking it, because it's kind of like being on low dose Viagra all the time. Now there is one side effect I wouldn't mind keeping around. ;)

Is Buspar something you have to take every day, and it takes a while to work, like an antidepressant? Or can you take it on an as-needed basis? Are there any bad withdrawals you've had on days you didn't take it?

FranticFrummie
08-15-11, 05:37 AM
I've been taking Buspar for 17 years now.

Buspar is very short acting, about 4 hours, max. You do not have to build up any blood levels for it to work. It is not habit forming, you don't develop a tolerance, and you can quit it cold turkey. I've missed doses with no problem, and taken extra if I know I'm going someplace really crowded and loud. (Oh, street fairs! Why you so scary?)

It's quite possibly the safest drug I've ever known, safer than aspirin. That said, it is super mild. You might have to play with the dosage to find the amount that works for you. I'm a lightweight, so 30mg seems to work for me, although I'm thinking about asking my doc to try me on a low dose of Xanax XR instead.

I would highly recommend you try the Buspar and give it a good shot before you try anything like a Benzo. I'm only considering switching because my life has gotten mega stressful lately and I'm not coping well.

Macavity224
08-15-11, 07:52 AM
I've been taking Buspar for 17 years now.

Buspar is very short acting, about 4 hours, max. You do not have to build up any blood levels for it to work. It is not habit forming, you don't develop a tolerance, and you can quit it cold turkey. I've missed doses with no problem, and taken extra if I know I'm going someplace really crowded and loud. (Oh, street fairs! Why you so scary?)

It's quite possibly the safest drug I've ever known, safer than aspirin. That said, it is super mild. You might have to play with the dosage to find the amount that works for you. I'm a lightweight, so 30mg seems to work for me, although I'm thinking about asking my doc to try me on a low dose of Xanax XR instead.

I would highly recommend you try the Buspar and give it a good shot before you try anything like a Benzo. I'm only considering switching because my life has gotten mega stressful lately and I'm not coping well.

This is great information, thanks. I have an appointment with my psych today so maybe I'll bring this up...it sounds like the obvious better choice over a benzo.