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Buspirone is an FDA-approved anxiolytic medication, prescribed to treat anxiety disorders
Buspirone is a nonbenzodiazepine anxiolytic medication. It’s unique in that it’s not chemically or pharmacologically related to any existing psychotropic agents—more commonly known as antidepressants, benzodiazepines, stimulants, antipsychotics, and mood stabilizers. While the exact way buspirone works to treat anxiety is not known, it does have measurable impacts on anxiety.
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Buspirone is an anxiolytic, but different from typical benzodiazepine anxiolytics, buspirone’s unique mechanism works gently and gradually to improve your anxiety symptoms. Nice, right?
Buspirone produces similar effects to anxiolytics in the way it treats anxiety symptoms. However, it doesn’t produce the muscle-relaxing effects associated with most anxiolytics and works gradually and gently to improve your symptoms and mood. It also focuses solely on anxiety.
Buspirone (generic for Buspar®)
Buspirone is safe for daily use. Take by mouth twice daily, as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
While buspirone is trusted by medical providers, it can come with some side effects.
The most common side effects when taking buspirone are lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, diarrhea, nausea, headache, insomnia, and nervousness.
A very rare but serious side effect that may occur with buspirone therapy is serotonin syndrome. The symptoms of serotonin syndrome include, but are not limited to: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, increased heart rate, changes in blood pressure, overactive reflexes, tremor, extreme agitation or restlessness, hallucinations, loss of coordination, skin flushing, shivering, confusion, seizures, coma. Seek emergent medical care if you are experiencing any of these symptoms as they could be a sign of a life-threatening condition.
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Important Safety Information
The information below includes important safety information about Buspirone, which is the generic version of the brand name drug BuSpar®. Read this information before you begin taking Buspirone. You must notify your healthcare provider if you start or stop taking Buspirone.
Do not take Buspirone if you:
Before taking Buspirone, inform your healthcare provider and pharmacist about all prescription medications you are taking or plan to take, including those to treat Parkinson’s Disease or psychiatric disorders (including antidepressants or amphetamines) to avoid a potentially life-threatening condition called Serotonin Syndrome or a dangerous increase in blood pressure. Inform your healthcare provider about any over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and natural supplements, such as St. John’s Wort, that you are taking or plan to take to help avoid potentially dangerous drug-drug interactions. Be sure to mention to your prescriber if you drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit regularly.
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you:
Do not stop daily Buspirone without first talking to your healthcare provider. Abruptly stopping can cause withdrawal symptoms including: vomiting, irritability, dizziness, headaches, sensation of tingling skin, or trouble sleeping.
Until you experience how this medication affects you, do not drive a car, operate potentially dangerous machinery, or perform other dangerous activities.
You should take buspirone consistently, either always with or always without food.
During your treatment with buspirone, avoid drinking large amounts of grapefruit juice.
Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Buspirone.
The most common side effects in adults treated with Buspirone include:
If you miss a dose of buspirone, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not double your next dose or take more than what is prescribed.
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