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Anxiety and Stress Disorders

Severe Anxiety and Bipolar Disorder

11/16/2006

Question:

I am currently on buspar for anxiety. I am unable to take antidepressants for anxiety, because I get a manic reaction. I don`t feel that buspar is effective enough for the severity of my anxiety. Do you have any recommendations on medications to treat anxiety, other than buspar?

Answer:

There are many medications for anxiety, several of which are also used for Bipolar disorder.  This is not an appropriate forum to give specific medical advice, however, so I encourage you to discuss with your psychiatrist (and to get a psychiatrist if you do not have one).

Good luck.

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Response by:

Nancy   Elder, MD Nancy Elder, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati