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Nightly dreaming on Buspirone

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Dreaming has never been unusual to me. But recently, I’ve been having very loud dreams every night. They are usually typical school stress dreams (not knowing when n where my class is, starting a take home exam the day it’s due, being in class and realizing I have no idea what the class is about or what’s going on). I finished my degree over 3 years ago, though the whole college educational experience I had was one that really broke me.

These dreams usually involve other stressors in my life that are either very present in reality or issues I haven’t been able to deal with since I’ve been focusing on repairing other aspects of my life. I had my first nightmare in I don’t know how long earlier this month. I can’t remember the last time I woke up terrified and gasping for air before that morning.

Anyways, a correlation that might be relevant is starting the Buspirone 5 mg twice daily. I’ve moved my nighttime dose to late afternoon/early evening. Usually about 5 hours before trying to fall asleep. I’ve also been Taking Benadryl almost every night lately since my sleep drastically got worse about 5 months ago (before I started buspirone).

anyone else experiencing loud nightly dreaming after starting buspirone? If so, are they anxiety dreams as well? Have you found a way to combat them while staying on buspirone?

i kinda just want a little brain break from constantly analyzing and processing my thoughts n feelings. I don’t mind doing it in real life, but while I’m dreaming, I have no influence/control as to where my mind goes and I just have to run with it and wait until I wake up to realize none of my dream stressors actually happened. 

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Hi Bellerose,

I take 5 mg of Buspirone in the morning.  Initially I experienced remembered vivid dreams.  That gradually stopped happening to me.

I don't know if this would be related to what is happening to you [so please don't rely on anything I say!] 

I've been on Ambien before for sleep but it quit working for me. 

Currently I am on Trazadone for sleep [about two years].  It seems to work very well for me. 

Benadryl is the strongest sleep medicine I have ever experienced but it makes me feel ill the next day.

I think I read somewhere that it puts people to sleep but alters sleep architecture so that sleep does not do what it is supposed to do, . . . like it creates an unhealthy artificial sleep that doesn't help the brain do what it needs to do in normal sleep.

I could be wrong about that.  I might have misread the article or the article might not be sound, medically speaking . . . so again, please do not rely on anything I say here.  I sure hope you find something that helps you.

I have experienced anxiety dreams when first starting Buspirone too.

Thanks for sharing your experience.  It is very helpful to me personally since I haven't thought about these things for awhile.  I think your post will also help so many other people who use these Forums and have experiences with Buspirone and/or anxiety dreaming!

Are you finding that the Buspirone helps with anxiety during the day?

- epictetus

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On 10/28/2019 at 2:14 PM, Epictetus said:

Hi Bellerose,

I take 5 mg of Buspirone in the morning.  Initially I experienced remembered vivid dreams.  That gradually stopped happening to me.

I don't know if this would be related to what is happening to you [so please don't rely on anything I say!] 

I've been on Ambien before for sleep but it quit working for me. 

Currently I am on Trazadone for sleep [about two years].  It seems to work very well for me. 

Benadryl is the strongest sleep medicine I have ever experienced but it makes me feel ill the next day.

I think I read somewhere that it puts people to sleep but alters sleep architecture so that sleep does not do what it is supposed to do, . . . like it creates an unhealthy artificial sleep that doesn't help the brain do what it needs to do in normal sleep.

I could be wrong about that.  I might have misread the article or the article might not be sound, medically speaking . . . so again, please do not rely on anything I say here.  I sure hope you find something that helps you.

I have experienced anxiety dreams when first starting Buspirone too.

Thanks for sharing your experience.  It is very helpful to me personally since I haven't thought about these things for awhile.  I think your post will also help so many other people who use these Forums and have experiences with Buspirone and/or anxiety dreaming!

Are you finding that the Buspirone helps with anxiety during the day?

- epictetus

Update: I was relieved to see that I wasn’t alone with this experience. Thank you 🙂

It took a while for me to contemplate how much the Buspirone was working in my favor. Turns out it was significant enough to keep it going. My Psychiatrist and I worked out the best regimen for this particular med and it’s been working way better. My dreams are back to normal. Again, relieved!!

Meds are weird man. It’s a constant experiment with your stability. Exhausting!!

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