Posted by Greg on June 7, 2000, at 18:02:23
In reply to Re: Buspar is HORRIBLE!!! » pollypop, posted by Cari on June 7, 2000, at 14:57:33
You obviously have have a very passionate opinion about BuSpar. I'm very sorry to hear that both you and your husband had such horrible experiences with it. I hope your post was not a result of my suggestion that it might be an option for Polly.
Some people on this board have had great experience with BuSpar, some, like myself, have felt no effects from it at all, and for some like you and your husband, it has truly been a Greek tragedy. But this is the nature of many of the drugs we here at Babble use. Chemical makeup, receptors in the brain, DNA and genetics, among other things determine how a person will react to a given med. 100 different people might have 100 different reactions to a single med. One man's poison mignt be another man's miracle.
I can relate to how strongly you feel about the BuSpar, I feel the same way about narcotics. I took pain killers for chronic pain for over a year and they nearly killed me. It is only by the grace of God that I am still here today. I occasionally read someone's post discussing the possibility using one of the narcotics I used as a possible answer to depression or anxiety and it makes me want to scream "NO, DON'T DO IT!" (and I have done that). But all I can really do is relate my experience to others and hope that they don't have to go thru the pain that I did. Dr. Bob's disclaimer (for lack of a better word) at the top of the main page is:
"Don't (necessarily) believe everything you hear. Your mileage may vary. What you say may (conceivably) be used against you. In a crisis, get help the old-fashioned way. It's good to give as well as to receive."
And that is good sound advise. I don't expect anyone to try a chemical just because I say it works, or, not try something just because I say say it doesn't. I just try to give my experience and support, and then hope and pray that the person can find what's right for them, with, hopefully, a good doctor's help.
I hope that Polly goes to her doctor with all the experiences that she has heard here and makes an informed, intelligent decision based on what she and her doctor feel is right for her. And if that ends up being BuSpar, then so be it.
All my best to you and your husband, I hope that you are doing well.