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    What causes sweaty palms while on Buspirone?

Posted on Wed, 29 Jun 2016 in Mental Health
Question: I suffer daily with panic attacks and ive woke up this morning feeling awful shaky really hot sweaty palms wot can i do this feeling everyday is really getting me down iam on 40mg of citolpram and just been given 5mg of buspione but i havent took one of these yet cause iam so scared of the side affects and if that dont work
Answered by Dr. Chintan Solanki 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
buspirone will be helpful, more dose required

Detailed Answer:

Thanks for writing to us. I can understand your concern.

Buspirone is a good anti anxiety drug. It may cause serotonin syndrome with citalopram however it is very rare possibility. Approximately 10-15 mg dose of buspirone is required for optimum effectiveness. You can start with 5 mg as per your doctor's advice. It is likely to work and reduce/ stop your panic attacks. Dose can be increased after 5 days with your doctor' permission.

Dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, headache, nervousness, blurred vision , confusion , diarrhea , insomnia, myalgia , numbness are side effects of buspirone occurring in 1-3% of the patients and these all are reversible.

In conclusion go for buspirone without hesitation.

Note: I recommend paroxetie (paxil) for anxiety disorder instead of citalopram. You can discuss with your treating doctor for the same.

Hope I have answered your query, I will be happy to help further.


Dr.Chintan Solanki.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Follow up: Dr. Chintan Solanki 4 minutes later
Iam so scared that Iam gonna be ill on the buspirone as ive been on 40mg of citolopram for ten years now
Answered by Dr. Chintan Solanki 14 minutes later
Brief Answer:
5 mg is the lowest dose

Detailed Answer:

I can understand your fear.

Believe me, 5 mg is the lowest dose and it won’t cause any problem. In any case if you feel discomfort, just stop the drug and contact your doctor. Side effect is completely reversible.

Still if you are not assured , you can ask your doctor for other drug like from benzodiazepine group.
Benzodiazepines group of drugs (clonazepam, lorazepam, diazepam or etizolam) are used initially for short duration for fast symptomatic relief in anxiety and later on it can be reduced gradually and stop.

Take care.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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