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J Affect Disord. 1996 Jul 8;39(2):115-21.

Buspirone augmentation of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in social phobia.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.


We evaluated the efficacy of buspirone, in the augmentation of social phobic symptom response to the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Ten patients meeting DSM-III-R criteria for generalized social phobia were studied. Patients obtaining only a partial response to an adequate trial of an SSRI, received buspirone in addition to the SSRI for 8 weeks in an open trial. Seven patients (70%) were considered responders (moderate or marked improvement) and 3 (30%) were considered nonresponders (minimal improvement or no change). This study provides clinical evidence suggesting that buspirone augmentation may be a useful clinical strategy in social phobic patients who show a partial response to an SSRI.

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