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    Old 01-24-2009, 05:34 PM   #1
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    Buspar Causing Flat Affect, Anyone Else?

    I've had anxiety since I was a kid, and have been on Effexor for about 7 years now. When I added Buspar (20 mg.)to the mix, I was really pleasantly surprised by the great initial results. Things that used to put me on edge no longer bothered me as much, such as navigating traffic, talking to people, cleaning (yep, that's a bit strange, but it made me anxious), being in social settings, even being with my family. I like that Buspar doesn't make me tired.

    But now, at week two, I'm noticing that my affect (emotional responsivity) has dulled a lot. I don't seem to enjoy the things I used to. In some cases this is good. The Buspar helped me immensely with impulse control, and I've quit smoking and picking at my skin since taking it. I was amazed to hear myself actually using reason to stop these impulses, instead of just giving in to anxiety. I would think, "I know I want to do that, but it's going to give me cancer. I can handle this", or "If you pick your skin it's going to look bad, and that blemish is really small anyway." Then I would just stop and move on!! Whoa, that is huge for me. I'm also not obssessed with my looks and preening myself as much as I did before.

    But on the other hand it's a real drag, because nothing seems exciting or interesting anymore. I'm just kind of Zen about everything, but not in a good way. I took a smidge of my Adderall to do some intense studying, and this helped perk me up for a bit, but I don't want to be taking that to mediate the Buspar.

    Anyone else notice feeling dull on Buspar? Thanks for your responses in advance.

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    Old 01-24-2009, 11:39 PM   #2
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    For me, the buspar has been a lifesaver. I don't feel flat on it at all. It wasn;t till they added lamictal to the mix I got flat. I lowered my dose of the lamictal and have a nice ballance going on right now.
    If I get a little flat I don't mind. What an improvement over the alternative.

    Old 02-17-2009, 03:39 AM   #3
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    Yes I agree with you. I was on Effexor and had really bad side effects. Then I changed to Buspar. It has been great for anxiety, but life seems to be a big blah.... No ups no downs. So I am trying lowering the dose.

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    congratulations about quitting smoking, i know you can make it. my anxiety attacks are gone now with Vilift, it's really effective for me. i love that i can now enjoy the things that i am afraid of before.

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    I have only been on Buspar 5 weeks (4 at 10 mg, and now 15mg) It does seem to be helping some. I have not noticed the spaced out effect you are having. What dose are you one ? Greg

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