Improves mood and helps you relax. Lexapro (escitalopram) is good for treating depression and anxiety. It is less likely to cause side effects than and has fewer drug interactions. However, it might not be a good choice if you have liver or heart problems. Helps you relax. Buspar (Buspirone) is effective for treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and less effective for short-term use. Reviews & ratings Everyone Men Women Filter group. All currently selected Everyone Men Women All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ Filter group. All currently selected All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ 4.89 Lexapro
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Side effects Lexapro Buspar More Lexapro side effects » More Buspar side effects » How it works Lexapro Buspar Lexapro (escitalopram) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. It increases serotonin in the brain which regulates mood. Buspar (Buspirone) is an anti-anxiety medication. It's used to stabilize chemicals in the brain that control mood and nervousness. Type of medication Lexapro Buspar Prescription only Prescription only Available as Lexapro Buspar Used for Lexapro Buspar Risk factors for serious side effects Lexapro Buspar › Age 24 years or younger › Using other medications that affect serotonin › Stopping Lexapro (escitalopram) suddenly › Taking blood thinners › Bipolar disorder Detailed Lexapro (escitalopram) risks & warnings » › Taking with MAOIs › Taking with Zyvox or methylene blue › Taking with or converting from benzodiazepine medicines › Duration of treatment Detailed Buspar (buspirone) risks & warnings »
Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.
Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.
Interactions Lexapro Buspar › Lexapro (escitalopram) has less drug interactions than other similar antidepressants and might cause fewer side effects. No interactions related info.
Alcohol Lexapro Buspar No alcohol related info. › Avoid alcohol when taking Buspar (Buspirone).
Food Lexapro Buspar No food related info. › Be consistent in taking Buspar (Buspirone) with or without food.
Sleep Lexapro Buspar No sleep related info. › Can cause drowsiness or dizziness when you start taking Buspar (Buspirone). Be extremely careful of activities that require mental alertness, such as driving.
Weight Lexapro Buspar › Can cause a small weight gain of 1-5 pounds. No weight related info. Upsides and benefits Lexapro Buspar › Effective at relieving depression and anxiety symptoms. › Lowers the likelihood that your depression will come back. › Lexapro (escitalopram) has less drug interactions than other similar antidepressants and might cause fewer side effects. › 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. Downsides and risks Lexapro Buspar › Can cause a small weight gain of 1-5 pounds. › Lexapro (escitalopram) is not a good option if you have heart or liver problems. › The first antidepressant you try might not always work, so you may need to try a few different medicines until you find one that works for you. › 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. Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication Lexapro Buspar › Don't suddenly stop taking DRUG NAME. Talk to your doctor about how to slowly go down in your dose to avoid withdrawal symptoms. › Tell your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or unusual thoughts. › Like other SSRI medications, it could take up to 8 weeks to see the full effects of Lexapro (escitalopram). › Take Lexapro (escitalopram) in the morning since it can keep you up if you take it at night. › Take doses at about the same time each day. › It can take several weeks to get the full effect. › Don't eat or drink grapefruit juice when using Buspar (Buspirone). › Don't use Buspar (Buspirone) within two weeks of using an MAO inhibitor (like Eldepryl, Parnate, or Marplan). › Be consistent in taking Buspar (Buspirone) with or without food. › Avoid alcohol when taking Buspar (Buspirone). Learn more More about Lexapro Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert More about Buspar Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert