Compare Prozac vs. Buspar
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Prozac (Fluoxetine) is good for treating depression and anxiety. It's more energizing than other antidepressants, but may not be the best choice for people who have trouble sleeping.
Buspar (Buspirone) is effective for treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and less effective for short-term use.
- Effective at relieving depression and anxiety symptoms.
- Lowers relapse rates of depression and bulimia nervosa.
- Causes less sleepiness than other antidepressants.
- It's more energizing than other antidepressants, so it's good for people who have low energy.
- It has been used to treat depression for a long time, so there's a lot of information available about how it works and how safe it is.
- Six out of ten people who use an antidepressant for the first time find that it works for them.
- 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.
- Can cause sexual side effects like low libido and an inability to orgasm or ejaculate.
- Can increase feelings of anxiety or cause headaches during the first few weeks of taking it. These effects should go away over time.
- More likely than other antidepressants to interact with other medications you're taking.
- Like most antidepressants, it can cause a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people younger than 24.
- The first antidepressant you try doesn't always work or it can cause side effects you really don't like. You might need to try a few different medications 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.
- Delayed release capsule
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- Decreased libido4%
- Any side effect10%
- Central nervous system disturbances3%
- Suicidal thoughts or behavior
Age 24 years or younger
- Serotonin syndrome
Using other medications that affect serotonin
Stopping Prozac (Fluoxetine) suddenly
- Heart problems
History of heart problems
...and 2 more risk factors
- Increased bleeding
Taking other blood-thinning drugs
History of bipolar disorder
...and 1 more risk factors
- Elevated blood pressure
Taking with MAOIs
...and 1 more risk factors
- Withdrawal reactions
Taking with or converting from benzodiazepine medicines
- Abnormal and involuntary muscle movements
Duration of treatment