Meds: the side effect trade off

You’ve all seen the pharmaceutical commercials in which the narrator quietly rushes through a list of horrible side effects like a more soft-spoken version of the micro machines guy.

It’s become comedic fodder for legions of stand-up acts because of the absurd disparity between positive and negative effects. “This’ll get rid of your toenail fungus, but it might cause anal leakage and/or death.”

Well, I’ve experienced nothing so dramatic with Buspar, the medication prescribed to me for my OCD-related anxiety issues, but it does, I’ve found, make me extremely angry when it starts to wear off between doses.

People’s faces enrage me. The stupid things people say infuriate me. The way people drive makes my head feel like it’s going to explode.

But, it chills me out for a little while. Is it worth it? Meh, perhaps. It could be much, much worse. Most drugs prescribed to treat the symptoms of mental disorders leave you numb from the waist down, or even worse, from the neck up. This one does neither, and I’ve found that it helps control or at least dial back the frantic impulses of my OCD and the anxiety that inevitably accompanies it. I can deal with a little bit of rage. I can restrain myself from acting upon it. In any case, it beats the alternative. I’m posting this because I’d like to hear from others who take this medicine. Do you feel intensely angry several hours after your first dose of the day? What other side effects have you noticed? Drop a comment below and let me know!

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2 comments

  1. HI PATRICK — I ALSO HAVE OCD AND I FIND THAT PROZAC SEEMS TO HELP A LITTLE . I WAS PRESCRIBED BUSPAR YEARS AGO I DONT REMEMBER IT HELPING ME MUCH. I NOTICE THAT MANY IF NOT MOST BLOGGERS HAVE OCD MAYBE THAT IS WHAT DRIVES US TO WRITE SO MUCH MAYBE THAT IS A GOOD THING ACTUALLY.

    • I was on Prozac for ten years, and for me that was ten years too long. It made me very apathetic and I felt little emotion besides anger. But that’s just how it affected me personally, I know it does good things for some people.

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