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Taking buspar and xanax. Have anxiety. What is the drug action of buspar?

I m 65 years old, a woman, and for a year now I have been having anxiety issues. I had a major panic attack a year ago and haven t been the same since. I have weird feelings, I m calling it depersonalization my body is shutting down. I take Buspar and Xanax . The Xanax most of the time makes it go away, but I m just tired of it. I m wondering if the Buspar isn t working?
Asked On : Sun, 27 Jan 2013
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Jun 2013
Hi there ~

These symptoms that you describe are classical of panic attacks an are common part of anxiety disorders. The medications you mention are helpful with anxiety disorders. Buspar can help you long term and Xanax can help you in the short run when you feel like things are shutting down and other such nihilistic thoughts. It may be the case that you need a change in your medications and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are good medications that have proven efficacy in anxiety disorders. Consult your psychiatrist to get started on these medications. Also trying self help with yoga and breathing exercises may improve your anxiety.

Hope this helps. Take care.
Answered: Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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