GENERIC NAME— Buspirone
BRAND NAME(s)— Buspar, Buspar Dividose, Vanspar
What Is Buspirone?
Buspirone is a medication used to treat anxiety disorders, particularly generalized anxiety disorder. It is believed that the medication affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in individuals with anxiety.
It is taken by mouth, and it may take up to four weeks for an effect.
Usual Adult Dose for Anxiety [Trusted Source 1] —
Initial Dose— 7.5 mg orally twice a day or 5 mg 3 thrice a day.
Maintenance Dose— The daily dose may be increased in 5 mg increments every 2 to 3 days up to 20 to 60 mg/day in divided doses.
Maximum Dose— 60 mg per day
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue, safinamide, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine
- Azole antifungals such as itraconazole, ketoconazole
Tell your doctor if you are using other products that can cause drowsiness such as opioid pain or cough relievers, marijuana (cannabis), alcohol, muscle relaxants (such as carisoprodol, cyclobenzaprine), drugs for sleep or anxiety (such as alprazolam, lorazepam, zolpidem), or antihistamines (such as cetirizine, diphenhydramine).
Before taking Buspirone medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to it or if you have a history of any other allergy.
It is unknown whether the medication passes into breast milk. Tell your doctor if you are breast—feeding. [Trusted Source 1]
NOTE— Do not use this medicine if you have taken Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include linezolid, methylene blue injection, isocarboxazid, rasagiline, selegiline, phenelzine and tranylcypromine.
What Are The Side Effects Of Buspirone?
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- A light—headed feeling, like you might pass out
- Stomach upset
- Feeling nervous or excited
What Should I Avoid While Taking Buspirone?
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with this medicine and lead to many side effects. Avoid the use of grapefruit products and consult with your doctor. Consuming alcohol may also increase certain side effects.
This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
What Happens If I Miss A Dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost the time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What Happens If I Overdose?
Seek emergency medical care or call the Poison Help line at 1—800—222—1222.
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