Does anyone here take Buspar only ? For anxiety? Does it work for you? I need to come off Lexapro because it is causing hair loss and my doc suggested Buspar. I know it's a multi daily dose which I don't mind. But what else might be the down side to it? Are side effects intolerable?
Thanks for any input.
I personally took Buspar for about month (when it first came out), it made me dizzy and did nothing for my anxiety
I personally know over dozen family/friends who have taken it and I think only one (female - early 40's) had a positive results.
I know medication may or may not work as advertized, it depends on your body's chemistry.
My only concern, is that Lexapro in my experience has been a very effective medication, and they are switching you to Buspar (Buspirone) which is IMHO not even close to the effectiveness of Benzodiazepines for anxiety, and totally worthless for panic attacks.
Another concern with Buspar is the overall studies are not very good compared to traditional Benzodiazepines. They not regulated as a "controlled medication" like benzodiazepines (which would raise some red flags
The beauty of Buspar is that it does not carry the risk of withdrawal as benzodiazepines.
I know that Drs. love prescribing Buspar whenever possible, it carries very little legal liabilities for them, but I don't know if this is the best interest of the patient. (When I took my elderly mother in - they couldn't throw enough Buspar at her - as the answer to all her anxiety attacks - but none of the side effects of withdrawal or dependence Humm
A month later, they finally gave in, and put on Lorazapam - that worked wonderfully - she is actually getting out of the house and taking 2 miles walks with her dog!
But, I would definitely ask more questions and do some research, especially during your transition period between AD/SSRI. To keep your anxiety in check...
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