Is Buspirone Addictive and Can it Get You High?

BuSpar, also known as buspirone, is an anti-anxiety medication. Many consider this a low-risk medication, but other people are struggling with addiction. Prescription medications can be abused by people, which makes it important to be educated. Knowing how the drug works can lower the chance of addiction.

Why Was BuSpar Taken Off The Market?

While the drug BuSpar was not taken off the market due to safety or effectiveness, it does have a tendency to be abused because of its addictive properties. Some people find they like how it makes them feel and others have a different experience with it. BuSpar “euphoria” is one way the buspirone high is described but the effects of the medication varies for each individual. However, most people describe feeling sedated and more peaceful when using the drug. It is a strong sedative which can result in extreme sedation. People who cope with anxiety might induce this by taking larger doses at a time. This provides temporary relief from symptoms.

BuSpar and Alcohol

Often, people will mix BuSpar with alcohol, which can have devastating consequences for those who use it. The combined effect creates a ‘high’ or drunken state. The effects are said to be better than either substance by itself. Alcohol increases the sedative effects of buspirone. This medication also makes alcohol more potent. Mixing the two drugs makes a person seem very drunk very quickly. Combining prescription medications with alcohol is always dangerous, with severe cases leading to overdose or even death.

How Does Buspirone Make You Feel?

The buspirone high can be addicting. Since the drug does not have an immediate effect on anxiety, it is less likely to be abused. However, if you are snorting BuSpar or taking more than prescribed, this drug can cause feelings of euphoria. Due to the fact the BuSpar high that can be produced, some individuals may seek out a higher dose from their doctor. Continuous, long-term use can develop tolerance to the medication, and suddenly stopping can create withdrawal symptoms which can be unpleasant if done without support.

Signs of BuSpar abuse include:

  • Sleeping problems like insomnia
  • Abandoning hobbies and activities normally enjoyed
  • Failing to quit use
  • Thinking about the drug
  • Slurring speech
  • Bloodshot eyes

Buspirone Withdrawal

Buspirone abuse is tough to quit on your own. People typically do better if they are in a supportive environment with access to trained therapists and specialists who understand addiction and recovery. Having people who surround you and support the journey of recovery will help alleviate some of the withdrawal symptoms and make life feel better over time.

Withdrawal Symptoms From BuSpar May Include:

  • Increased anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Muscle cramps
  • Sweating
  • Insomnia

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, if the buspirone is abused a sedative effect can be produced.

Yes, BuSpar and buspirone can create a feeling of being high if abused.

Yes, BuSpar is a sedative and can be addictive.