If you struggle with feelings of anxiety daily and find it difficult to manage them on your own, know that you’re not alone. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), over 40 million American adults (19.1%) have an anxiety disorder. And approximately 7% of children aged between three and 17 experience anxiety issues each year. Fortunately, many treatment options are available to manage feelings of anxiety and improve their everyday life.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), buspirone and Xanax are two common FDA-approved medications used to treat generalized anxiety disorders. Although they both belong to the broad group of anxiolytic drugs and are equally efficient at alleviating anxiety symptoms, their mechanisms of action are unique.
This article hopes to highlight significant key differences between the two medications, their side effects, and other potential risks so that you may make an informed decision for your health and wellness.