I was prescribed Buspirone for general anxiety disorder (GAD) as a replacement for Xanax and alcohol. I have quit Buspar several times due to side effects, but can’t seem to stay off because it does have positive qualities.
My experience going to 15mg/day and at that level, bad, good and weird:
- Numbness and dizziness, like brushing your hair and you don’t feel your scalp numbness (took 1 week for that to go away after I quit the drug).
- Trouble keeping balance; tiredness and insomnia at the same time. I went 1 week during travel averaging 3 hours sleep/night. Odd thing is I felt OK the next day.
- Decreased blood pressure. I started really looking pale. That seems to go away in time.
- Nausea when smoking. Being on Buspar and not smoking really brings out the weird effects.
- Frequent urination and weight loss that led me to the doctor; that led to diabetes. Probably just a weird coincidence but I never had diabetes before and now the diabetes seems to be going away.
- Good part is it really helped my anxiety where I normally had it, especially packing for travel; maneuvering through airports, and driving to my destination (just one really good example).
- Amorous feelings, and very noticeable (better than the opposite for sure).
- Increased sensitivity to sound and light.
- Weird things with vision. Hard to explain this, it’s like people’s faces appear as caricatures and having bad vision my eyes could actually zoom in on a hair on the dog’s nose.
- Extreme excitability, I call it the cascading of thoughts. Happens at times when I do not smoke. It’s like one thought comes into your head and 50 others come behind it. Causes you mind to overload, somewhat like having a panic attack which it is there to prevent. Some odd correlation with the effects of quitting smoking and Buspar; not sure here. Definitely not good trying to get to sleep.
- Feeling of sadness. Not a horrible experience, just odd.
Having stopped this medication a few times, these effects can be reproduced but I’ve learned to live with 5mg/day but the good effects seem to wearing off.