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Anyone increased from 30 mg Buspar to 45 mg for GAD?
« on: May 20, 2014, 10:39:03 PM »
I'm just wondering if anyone has done an increase for 30 mg Buspar to 45 mg.  That's what I'm trying starting this
week for GAD. I'd be curious to hear what other people's experience has been.  Thus far, I have not have much kick in from Buspar
though I'd love for it to work for me.

Also, my doc is upper my 40 mg prozac to 50 mg as well.

On another note, my doc is my physician and prescribes my meds.  Do people think that's ok or do you prefer
to have a psychiatrist prescribe your meds?  Sometimes I wonder if a shrink might have a better
ability in this area.
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Re: Anyone increased from 30 mg Buspar to 45 mg for GAD?
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2014, 11:24:40 PM »
Sorry I don't have any advice about the Buspar as I have never been on it, but about your second question. I definitely think you should see a psychiatrist over your GP. GPs are great, but they are definitely not specialists when it comes to medicating mental illness. My GP told me he didn't want to prescribe me meds because he doesn't know them nearly as well as a psychiatrist. I am so glad I went to one. If you can, I would definitely say make an appointment with one!
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Re: Anyone increased from 30 mg Buspar to 45 mg for GAD?
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2014, 12:39:46 AM »
Thanks, bababel.  That confirms my suspicion.  I love my doc, but sometimes I think she's just guess about how to manage my
meds to full effectiveness.  I think I will email her with my thoughts.
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Re: Anyone increased from 30 mg Buspar to 45 mg for GAD?
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2014, 01:15:10 AM »
I'm just wondering if anyone has done an increase for 30 mg Buspar to 45 mg.  That's what I'm trying starting this week for GAD.

...Also, my doc is upper my 40 mg prozac to 50 mg as well.

IMHO, you should never change the dose of two meds at the same time because if there's a problem you won't know which is causing it.

Buspar is one of a number of anxiety meds which work well for a few and not at all for most. However, it can also increase the effectiveness of SSRIs, even returning ones that have stopped working to full effectiveness, so it may be worth taking for that reason alone.

IMHO, it would be better to increase the Prozac dose first and then up the Buspar after 4-6 weeks.

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On another note, my doc is my physician and prescribes my meds.  Do people think that's ok or do you prefer to have a psychiatrist prescribe your meds?

I don't think you need to see a psychiatrist to prescribe your meds once you're stabilized on an effective treatment, but it is a good idea to have one doing the initial diagnosis and med selection, and maybe touch base once a year or so (though I have to admit I haven't seen mine in over a decade, haven't had a reason to and I'm notoriously lazy  :winking0008:). GPs have only limited training in psych disorders, literally only a few weeks during the, from memory, third year of medical school, and maybe a psych rotation as an intern/resident.

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NOTE: I'm not a doctor, and particularly not yours, so there may be factors I'm unaware of. Therefore all advice is of a general nature and you should consult your doctor before following any of it, especially before changing med doses.

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Re: Anyone increased from 30 mg Buspar to 45 mg for GAD?
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2014, 12:00:36 AM »
Thanks insights.  That makes sense it better to change one med at a time.
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