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I stopped Buspar about 7 years ago. It was the last drug in a string of unpleasant SSRI type drug experiences. One day I was just sitting on the couch feeling sorry for myself and all I was on, at that point, was some Buspar, and decided that I was going to throw away all the medicine and never look back. Well I did it. I made it close to 7 years with no meds, but during that time in hindsight I noticed I did a lot more drinking and I started a nasty habit of smoking. Both helped with my anxiety. During the pregnancy for my daughter, my wife and I decided we would quit smoking and that meant for me that I would have to quit drinking as well. Thus the recurrence of anxiety. It also came at a very stressful time in my life. I was a newlywed with a baby on the way and didn't know what to expect with either. Turns out the alcohol and nicotine were actually holding me together for all of those years and without them I had anxiety problems again. I guess why I diverged was to say that just because I made it 7 years with no medicine doesn't mean I wasn't self-medicating with other things. I wish I had had the chance to look into meds more when I was younger and find the right one then rather than have to go through the 7 year drinking binge, but what can you do?

I also had an extreme mediphobia by the time I decided medicine was the way to go. I could feel instant and I mean INSTANT panic as soon as I swallowed my first pill (Xanax). I knew rationally that there was no way that the panic I was experiencing could be the result of the drug. Not that quickly, so I calmed down and gave it a chance and I was very drowsy for the first few days, but didn't have any of the intense anxiety problems I had had before, so I knew I had found what I needed. I also started meditating around the same time to help with the anxiety and I can't stress how important some sort of thought control practice is. Whether it be meditation, CBT, or another program that teaches you to not flip out at every thought.

The previous poster is correct in that everyone id different, but it is hard not to see the pattern in people who can't take SSRI's. There are so many. Most of the people who are on them are not really feeling much better and are battling other side effects, so Buspar again, I think is a safe way to start out as your doctor prescribed. You really need to give it a chance and understand that you have a support system that will help you through it.

I hope you decide to at least experiment with the Buspar and see if it does help you. Give it at least a month and make a daily journal of how you feel daily and if you have panic, what time did it occur. This will help you and your doctor to determine what needs to change in your medication or dosing in the future. If it doesn't work for you then you will be in no worse of a scenario than you are now and as I said before, Buspar is very mild and withdrawl is minimal. I quit cold turkey and never felt so much as a twinge of withdrawl.

Good luck and let us know how you do. This kind of info is really helpful for others who decide that maybe they want to try Buspar or any other medication, so keep us in the loop.

Take care,

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