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I'm weaning myself off of Klonopin and my doctor has suggested that I take BuSpar to deal with my GAD. The Klonopin didn't seem to be working and he didn't want to increase the dosage. It's tough going off it but I know I can do it. I've tried many anti depressants and went off them because of side effects or no results for the anxiety. My doctor doesn't want to prescribe Xanax because he feels I need something that is longer-acting. I didn't want to try BuSpar because it doesn't seem to work for most people and seems to have alot of side effects, but a girl I work with had great results with it. Also, I'm running out of meds to try. Please let me know if BuSpar worked for you. I just took my first dose about an hour ago and I sure hope that eventually it will work for me.

[This message has been edited by pjo (edited 02-04-2003).]
The problem I have with taking Xanax or any other drug "as needed" is that I have constant anxiety. I hadn't had a panic attack in 1 1/2 years - not until I started weaning myself off the Klonopin - the withdrawal caused me to have a couple attacks. My doctor says that BuSpar is longer-acting than Xanax and that is what I need to control my constant anxiety. He did give me Ativan to take for a couple weeks for the panic until the Klonopin is out of my system and the BuSpar (hopefully) kicks in. I do have a friend who took BuSpar for a year with great results and now only takes Xanax as needed for panic. Hopefully, that's the way it will work out for me.

[This message has been edited by pjo (edited 02-07-2003).]

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