How Does Buspirone Make You Feel? Real-Life Experiences

In this blog post, we will explore how buspirone makes people feel, both at first and over time, as well as the effects of combining buspirone with alcohol. We will provide real-life experiences to better understand the medication’s impact on individuals.

How Does Buspirone Make You Feel?

Buspirone is an anxiolytic medication that helps reduce anxiety symptoms in patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). It works by affecting the levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serotonin and dopamine. Unlike benzodiazepines, buspirone has a lower risk of dependence and is less likely to cause sedation or cognitive impairment.

Real-life experiences: Some individuals who take buspirone report feeling a reduction in their anxiety levels and an overall sense of calm. It may also improve mood and help with focus and concentration in some cases. However, the effects of buspirone can vary from person to person, and some individuals may experience side effects such as dizziness, headache, or nausea.

How Does Buspirone Make You Feel at First?

When first starting buspirone, it may take some time for the medication to build up in your system and start providing relief from anxiety symptoms. The effects of buspirone are typically not as immediate as those of benzodiazepines, which often provide rapid relief from anxiety.

Real-life experiences: Some individuals may initially experience side effects like dizziness, nausea, or headache when starting buspirone. These side effects often lessen or disappear over time as the body adjusts to the medication. It is essential to give the medication sufficient time, usually a few weeks, to determine its effectiveness in managing anxiety symptoms.

How Does Buspirone Make You Feel with Alcohol?

It is generally not recommended to mix buspirone with alcohol, as alcohol may interfere with the effectiveness of the medication and potentially cause side effects or exacerbate existing ones.

Real-life experiences: Some individuals who have combined buspirone with alcohol report increased dizziness, drowsiness, and impaired coordination. Combining the two substances can also lead to increased risk of accidents, falls, or other potentially dangerous situations. It is always best to consult with a healthcare professional about the possible interactions between buspirone and alcohol based on your specific situation and medical history.


Buspirone is an effective medication for treating generalized anxiety disorder, and its effects can vary from person to person. While some individuals may experience relief from anxiety, others may initially encounter side effects that reduce over time. Mixing buspirone with alcohol is generally not recommended, as it can lead to increased side effects and impair the medication’s effectiveness.

As with any medication, it is essential to follow your healthcare provider’s guidance and recommendations regarding the appropriate use of buspirone. Consult with your healthcare professional if you have any concerns about how buspirone may affect you or if you are considering combining it with alcohol.

There are various forms of drugs available, such as tablets or liquids, and each may have a separate patient information leaflet (PIL) for different doses. It is important to refer to the PIL for the specific form and dose of the drug that you have been prescribed.

You can search for further information and PILs on websites such as:

  • The British National Formulary (BNF)
  • Electronic medicines compendium (emc)
  • The National Library of Medicine's DailyMed
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 
  • Different drug forms like tablets or liquids have specific patient information leaflets (PIL) for various doses. Refer to the PIL for your prescribed drug form and dose.

    Search for PILs on websites like:


    • ANSM (Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament et des produits de santé):


    • AEMPS (Agencia Española de Medicamentos y Productos Sanitarios):


    • BfArM (Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte):


    For questions about your medication:

    • Consult your doctor, a healthcare professional, or a pharmacist


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    • For mental health support, contact SOS Suicide: 01 45 39 40 00

    Belgium (French)

    Switzerland (French)

    • La Main Tendue: 143
    • Website:

    Canada (French)

    • Centre de prévention du suicide du Québec: 1 866 APPELLE (1 866 277-3553)
    • Website:


    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact Teléfono de la Esperanza: 717 003 717


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    • For mental health support, contact Telefonseelsorge: 0800 111 0 111 or 0800 111 0 222


    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact Telefono Amico: 199 284 284


    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact 113 Zelfmoordpreventie: 0800 0113


    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact Sos Voz Amiga: 21 354 45 45, 91 280 26 69, or 96 352 46 60

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