Buspar vs Xanax

Buspar
(Rx)
Xanax
(Rx)
Buspar is an anxiety medication.
Xanax is an anxiety medication (benzodiazepine).
Satisfaction Score
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3.3
Moderately Satisfied
Satisfaction Score
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3.9
Very Satisfied
Helpfulness
for Anxiety
3.1
Concern level
1.7
Helpfulness
for Anxiety
2.6
Concern level
1.3
Approval Date
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September 29, 1986
October 16, 1981
Number of discussions around the web Number of discussions + -
57,172 Discussions
614,763 Discussions
Taken For
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Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Anxiety
#2 for Depression
#3 for Panic Attacks
#4 for GAD
#5 for Panic
#8 for IBS
Buspar is prescribed for Anxiety and Depression and is mostly mentioned together with these indications.
Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Anxiety
#2 for Depression
#4 for Panic Attacks
#5 for Insomnia
#6 for Panic
#7 for Seizures
#9 for Dizziness
#10 for Panic Disorder
#11 for GAD
Xanax is prescribed for Anxiety, Depression, Withdrawal Symptoms and Panic Attacks and is mostly mentioned together with these indications.
Side Effects and Concerns
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Bus
Withdrawal Symptoms
8
Dizziness
6
Weight Gain
6
Nausea
4
Drowsiness
2
Numbness
1
Suicidal behavior
1
Mania
1
Paranoia
1
Head Zaps
1
Xan
Weakness
2
Weight Gain
2
Euphoria
2
Weight Loss
1
Hallucinations
1
Dry Mouth
1
Blisters
1
Impotence
1
Brain Damage
1
Vivid Dreams
1
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Withdrawal Symptoms
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8
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Dizziness
Bus
Xan
6
0
Weight Gain
Bus
Xan
6
2
Nausea
Bus
Xan
4
0
Drowsiness
Bus
Xan
2
0
Numbness
Bus
Xan
1
0
Suicidal behavior
Bus
Xan
1
0
Mania
Bus
Xan
1
0
Paranoia
Bus
Xan
1
0
Head Zaps
Bus
Xan
1
0
Weakness
Xan
Bus
2
0
Weight Gain
Xan
Bus
2
6
Euphoria
Xan
Bus
2
0
Weight Loss
Xan
Bus
1
0
Hallucinations
Xan
Bus
1
0
Dry Mouth
Xan
Bus
1
0
Blisters
Xan
Bus
1
0
Impotence
Xan
Bus
1
0
Brain Damage
Xan
Bus
1
0
Vivid Dreams
Xan
Bus
1
0
Pregnancy Category (FDA) OpenClose all pregnancy categories
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a b c d x n
Category A
Adequate and well-controllted studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
Category B
Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
Category C
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category D
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category X
Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
Category N
FDA has not classified the drug.
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B Category B
Before taking Buspar during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
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Alcohol warning
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There may be a negative interaction between Buspar and alcohol.
Alcohol consumption with this medication can increase sedation, confusion and may result in loss of conciousness (central nervous system depression). It may also disrupt psychomotor performance.
Method of use
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Pill
Pill
Dosages
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Tablet: 5 mg, 10 mg, 15 mg, 30 mg
Tablet: 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1 mg, 2 mg
Food Instructions
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Avoid grapefruit or discuss with your doctor because grapefruit may increase drug concentration.
Avoid alcohol with drug because it may increase CNS depressant effects (sedation, confusion ...etc.).
Ingredients
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Buspirone Hcl
Alprazolam
Drug Interactions
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Interaction between Buspar and Xanax: Interaction not known, but may still exist. Always consult your doctor before taking these medications together. Do not stop taking the medications without a physician's advice.
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Terrible withdrawal from xanax
| Jerijane
I have been on 3mg of xanax a day was started on 3mg at the beginning an my doc quit after her husband passing, now ny new doc wont refill my prescription med i have been on for yrs an put ne on buspar i have been in severe withdrawal off xanax the buspar helps a little but nothing compared to the xanax. I am sick as hell an shaky my heart is ether racing so bad i feel im going to collapse and die or its so slow i about pass out. Its been miserable. To those thinking about starting xanax as much as its really helped me the affects of coming off it are worse than how much it helped i dodnt get a chance to really ween down ether just cut right off.

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buspar vs xanax
| depressionanxietysufferer
buspar did nothing for me. i took it more and still nothing.

xanax works great for me. it kind of puts me out of it and makes me tired but i feel great at the same time. i dont feel as irritated. i notice tolerance developes very fast but i still feel good overall when i take it. i dont feel as tired out either after taking it for a while. it has horrible withdrawal if i go off cold turkey though. i wont sleep and get rebound anxiety. going off slow on the other hand was not so bad. then i feel depressed and anxious again though even months later so i have to go back on it.

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