Does anyone take Buspar for anxiety????????

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peanutt
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   Posted 5/8/2009 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I have FM and I have constant debilitating anxiety
 
I have anxiety so bad that it is difficult for me to leave the house.  Most of the time I just stay home rather than going though the anxiety of trying to get ready to go anywhere. Not to mention how missable I am the entire time I am away from home. 
 
When I start to get ready my hands start shaking so much that it is difficult to do my hair, makeup, dress and then I start sweating.  So by the time I am supposed to leave I am so irritable that I don't even want to be around anyone. 
 
I don't want to talk on the phone or have company because it causes so much anxiety.
 
When I am in a room full of people or I feel like I can't breath.
 
I also believe that my anxiety causes my fibro pain to increase.  When I am calm the pain is always less severe.
 
I am searching for any help or comments on what medications any of you might take for anxiety that helps you deal with better with day to day living.
 
I just started taking Buspar.  Do any of you take Buspar for anxiety?  If you do, does it help your anxiety?
 
HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hara
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   Posted 5/8/2009 8:59 PM (GMT -7)   

I take Hydroxazine and Trazadone. I've never heard of BUSPAR I'm sorry to say. Read the little paper that comes with your medication on that.

HARA


Lefty85
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   Posted 5/9/2009 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi!

I used to take Buspar for anxiety. It worked a little, but I didn't find it too helpful. As far as prescription medications go, I think that ativan and klonopin are probably the best. You could ask your doctor about those. If you're looking for something OTC, you could also try valerian root. It has a calming affect on the body and is used for anxiety and as a sleep aid. You can find it at any drug store or grocery store. I hope this is helpful.

Take care!

SaraBeth
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tyno3
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   Posted 5/10/2009 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   

I don't know about your other meds, but unlike the benzodiazapines, ie. Valium, Klonipin, Ativan, Xanax, Librium, Oxazapan, etc. Buspar is an anti-depressant. While the former work on anxiety by calming the CNS, Buspar increases the ammount of serotonin available to the neurons which in a round a bout way, might make you feel a "little" bit better. Some of the "real" anti-depressants also can help with anxiety, for some people. Not so much for me b/c I have been on SSRI's and Amyltriptilene, and Parnate, most of my life.

Pain causes anxiety. We suffer from learned helplessness. That's like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Our Sympathetic nevous system is on high alert, most of the time. We need a real anxiety directed medication to curb this constant feeling of not being able to settle down, always feeling like we gotta keep one foot on the floor in order to bolt if we need to. This is part of this Dam---- disease. There is a study of Fibromites vs. "normals" (whatever they are, ain't met one yet), let's say non-fibromites; measuring brain activity in terms of how Para-sympathetic vs. Sympathetic (Fight/Flight/Cortisol producing), activity is way high on the Fight Flight scale (anxiety) for Fibromites. This was posted earlier on this website by another member, maybe one of our dear moderators could "bump" it up for you. Basically, take this article to your doctor, tell him how you feel (Like, ever see the movie "Matchstick Men" with Nicholas Cage; if not, rent it, it's amunition to explain your plight). Tyno's back.


poodles
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   Posted 5/10/2009 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I have never taken Buspar. However, I take an antidepressant, 2 mood stabilizers, and anti anxiety meds. I have just had my Seroquil and my Klonipin increased due to me having daily anxiety attacks. My PA also added cogentin for the RLS I get all over my body when I try to go to sleep.
All of the changes have helped, but it hasn't been a 100% cure.
Vickie

Fibromyalgia, Bipolar II, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, Anxiety, Arthritis, High Blood Pressure, etc.


Marlee2
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   Posted 5/10/2009 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I was on busbar for several months and it did nothing for me. I hate the anxiety as much as I do fibro and the two together makes things even worse. Xanax helps me more than anything and I'm on two anti-depressants. I have never been as bad as you are. Have you considered therapy for the anxiety??? I decided a long time ago that anxiety was not going to control my life and I may have to take xanax to get through something, driving was a big issue for me for several years, but I'm going to do it.
 
luv and hugs
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Lapis Morningstar
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   Posted 5/10/2009 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I had taken Wellbutrin (same thing) for 3 months and it created the absolute worst anxiety ever. I had to be subscribed Valium to calm me and get me off the stuff. I do not respond well to any anti-depressants they cause much more anxiety and confusion. Valium or Clonazapam work for me. Doctors say but they are additive yet dismiss the fact that anti-depressants you must withdraw slowly because of the changes mood without them.

Sera Smiles
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   Posted 5/10/2009 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Peanutt, I am so sorry that you are having to deal with this right now, anxiety, in my opinion, is one of the worst things we can be forced to go through. I AM on buspar, and have been for a few years. It, in combo with my 90 mg Cymbalta, works very well for me. I also use a product from Puritan's Pride called "Calm Tabs", they are an herbal preparation for sleep and /or relaxation. I am not affiliated with this site, but I buy most of my supplements from them. I know you are really challenged with anxiety and I hope that the Buspar helps you soon. Don't give up on it! Give it time to work with your other meds. If you do decide to take a supplement, it is very important that you talk with your doctor before adding anything to your medications- even herbal. Good luck and please keep us posted on how you are feeling. We care!
"A butterfly is most vulnerable immediately after its metamorphosis."
 
Dx FM- 2003
Rx Meds- Ultram, Flexeril, Toprol, Cymbalta, Buspar 
OTC meds- Benadryl, Claritin, Melatonin, Valerian, B Complex, Multi Vitamin
 
 

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