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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 3/13/2008 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Question- can Buspar be used like xanax? From what i have read it doesnt seem like a -take as needed pill? Any input?? -thanx in advance!!

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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 89
   Posted 3/13/2008 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Natalia,
Hope the followinng helps some

Azaperone modulates Serotonin transmission
Start: 7.5 mg PO bid (or 5 mg PO tid)
Effective dose: 20 to 30 mg per day
Maximum: 60 mg per day

Anxiety Disorders
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Chronic Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety in the elderly
Aggression in developmentally disabled
Agitated Dementia
Emotional behavioral problems in brain injury
Geriatric Depression

Adjunctive use with SSRI in Major Depression
Mixed anxiety and depression
Enhance Major Depression response to SSRI
Antidepressant Induced Sexual Dysfunction
Alcohol Withdrawal
Reduces anxiety of "needing" a drink

Advantages compared with Benzodiazepines
Less Sedation
No associated memory Impairment
No significant withdrawal syndrome
Minimal overdose potential
No Anticholinergic Toxicity
Well tolerated by elderly patients

Disadvantages compared with Benzodiazepine
Slow onset of action (takes 2-4 weeks until effect)
Not useful in Panic Attacks
No sedative effect
Requires repeat dosing 2-3 times per day

Avoid use in pregnancy and Lactation
Avoid in hepatic or renal Impairment
Adverse Effects
Dizziness or light headedness
Onset within 30 minutes of ingestion
Duration less than 20 minutes
Mild Headache


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   Posted 3/13/2008 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I think that the buspar needs to build up in your system. I have taken it and it was my first antidepressant. It didn't seem to do much for me. I had to try many others until I found what worked for me.

Hugs, Karen
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 1523
   Posted 3/13/2008 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   

I have been on Buspar for almost a year. It is an anti anxiety med that has to be taken 2X a day. It cannot be taken on an as needed basis.

The disadvantage of Buspar is that it takes about 2 weeks to get in your system. But at the same time you do not have to worry about dependency on this med.
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