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I have only been taking Buspar for a little less than 1.5 months and for me it works. My doctor prescribed be 60 15mg pills per month. He told me to start off with once per day, see how that goes for a while, and if it's not working enough then to go ahead and start taking it twice a day. I noticed immediate results with calming the anxiety and panic attacks. However, this started to wane and I eventually began taking it twice a day. I believe the reason why I noticed immediate results is because 15mg seems to be an above average dose (from reading around other forums, I've seen people mention 5mg and 10mg) and I am only about 155lbs and like 5% body fat. So, in other words, it was a lot of new meds for my body to handle. However, once my body started to get used to it, I noticed the effects would wear off in the afternoon and the anxiety induced paranoia would start again. So I began taking it twice a day.

What I've noticed is if I am "okay" in head then Buspar will work pretty well. It will prevent random anxiety or paranoid thoughts. But if I am going through panic attacks or if there is something going down in my life that gives me more anxiety than usual, then the Buspar doesn't work all that well.

The first few days of taking it I didn't get any side effects. But after those first few days I noticed my body would feel like it is going through withdrawal while the Buspar was kicking in. Almost like a really bad body hangover where your whole body hurts and you're hot and you can't sit still. That eventually went away and I don't really get that anymore. The insomnia issues started after I began taking the second dose in the afternoon. That is still an issue, but to be honest insomnia was always an issue for me.

As far as drinking on it goes, I've been drinking on it since I started. I started just before Thanksgiving, so there were a lot of holidays in between then and now where drinking was involved. I didn't notice any side effects. Be careful what you read on the internet regarding med and drinking. Technically you shouldn't drink on any meds, including Advil - so that advice should be taken with a grain of salt.

I've taken Lorazepam as needed during this time frame as well. However, I had already been doing this since before I started taking Buspar. In fact, I started taking Buspar because I found myself needing to take Lorazepam more and more often, and I didn't want to get to the point of taking every day or even multiple times a day. my doctor agreed and that's why he put me on Buspar. I was also prescribed Buspar because, in addition to being less addicting than benzos, it has significantly less side effects than Zoloft or Lexapro type drugs.

With all that being said, I don't think taking the Lorazepam while on Buspar has ever actually helped to reduced the panic attacks or event-induced anxiety. Perhaps I haven't taken a large enough dose since my body has probably grown accustomed to the Lorazepam over time.

In conclusion: Buspar works, but it is not a miracle drug.

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