Compare Buspar vs. Effexor
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Buspar (Buspirone) is effective for treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and less effective for short-term use.
Effexor (venlafaxine) is good for treating depression and anxiety, but it can cause more withdrawal symptoms if you stop suddenly compared to other antidepressants.
- Buspar (Buspirone) works very well to control the symptoms of generalized anxiety syndrome (GAD).
- Buspar (Buspirone) doesn't cause physical dependence or withdrawal symptoms.
- Buspar (Buspirone) is only available as a generic, so the price can be pretty cheap.
- Effexor (venlafaxine) effectively treats depression, anxiety, and panic disorder.
- Effexor (venlafaxine) causes more sleepiness than other antidepressants, so it's beneficial for people who have trouble sleeping.
- Effexor (venlafaxine) might work when other antidepressants haven't worked since it affects two chemicals in the brain that impact your mood.
- Effexor (venlafaxine) has several uses, which may be good for people with multiple conditions.
- Effexor (venlafaxine) is available in generic, which is cheaper.
- Buspar (Buspirone) can take as long as four weeks to become fully effective.
- Not as effective for short-term anxiety conditions or panic disorders.
- Most people find that it loses effectiveness over long periods of time.
- Can cause drowsiness or dizziness when you start taking Buspar (Buspirone). Be extremely careful of activities that require mental alertness, such as driving.
- Effexor (venlafaxine) can cause side effects such as decreased libido and increased blood pressure.
- Like most antidepressants, it can cause a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people aged 24 years or younger.
- Compared to other antidepressants, it's more likely to cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly stop taking it and can causes more sleepiness.
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- Any side effect10%
- Central nervous system disturbances3%
- Dry mouth22%
- Difficulty sleeping18%
- Elevated blood pressure
Taking with MAOIs
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- Withdrawal reactions
Taking with or converting from benzodiazepine medicines
- Abnormal and involuntary muscle movements
Duration of treatment
- Suicidal thoughts or behavior
Age 24 years or younger
- Serotonin syndrome
Taking tricyclic antidepressants, lithium, tramadol, fentanyl, amphetamines, certain headache medications (triptans), St. John's Wort
Stopping Effexor (venlafaxine) suddenly
- Increased bleeding
Taking other blood-thinning drugs (including aspirin, NSAIDs such as Advil, warfarin)
- Increased blood pressure
- Bipolar disorder
History of bipolar disorder
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