myfamilybz asked 3 years ago

Several years ago, I was prescribed Buspar as a PRN because Ativan worked too well (nearly made me pass out.)  I felt that it worked if I took it at the very beginning of a panic attack.  I have been told since that it doesn’t work as a PRN, only if you get a blood level established.  
 
I haven’t needed anything for panic attacks for a while now (since starting the Lamictal in 2003) but thought it might be nice to have something on hand as I have had a couple small attacks lately.  Has anyone used Buspar in this way with any luck?  
 
BTW, what I have been doing is perhaps not the healthiest, but certainly cheap and easy, is smoke a cigarette and use some “Rescue Remedy” (a Bach flower remedy from the health food store).  I have found that when I smoke regularly, this doesn’t work, but if I smoke less than 5 or 6 a week, then they work to calm me down.

2 Answers
mania answered 3 years ago

Re: Buspar as PRN
Quote from myfamilybz on 08. Jun 2006 at 10:20:

Several years ago, I was prescribed Buspar as a PRN because Ativan worked too well (nearly made me pass out.)  I felt that it worked if I took it at the very beginning of a panic attack.  I have been told since that it doesn’t work as a PRN, only if you get a blood level established.  

 
I call bullshit.
 
I’m not a doc, obviously.  But I do have an MPD friend who wouldn’t be long for this earth without her Buspar.  PRN.
 
It’s the only drug she has, and she only uses it symptomatically, so I’d say that’s “as needed” — wouldn’t you?
 
 
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myfamilybz answered 3 years ago

Re: Buspar as PRN
That is good to know.  I must have gotten bad info, of course my memory is such that I can’t remember who told me it wasn’t for PRN… Sheesh, I wish I had a memory. I might call for a script just in case.