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Buspirone

The Generic Name is Buspirone byoo-SPYE-rone byoo-SPYE-rone.
The Brand Names are: BuSpar, BuSpar Dividose, and Vanspar.
Classification of Drugs: Miscellaneous anxiolytics, hypnotics, and sedatives

What is Buspirone?

Buspirone is an anti-anxiety medication that alters the chemical balance in the brain, which could be out of balance in people suffering from anxiety.Buspirone is a medication used to treat the symptoms of anxiety, such as anxiety, tension, anger, dizziness, a heartbeat that beats pounding, and many other physical signs.Buspirone cannot be considered an antipsychotic medication and is not recommended to be used in lieu of medications prescribed by your physician to treat psychotic disorders.

Warnings

Avoid using buspirone if you've taken any MAO inhibitor within the last 14 days. A risky drug interaction may occur. MAO inhibitors are isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, rasagiline, phenelzine, and tranylcypromine.

Before you take this drug

Buspirone should not be used if you are allergic to it.

Don't take buspirone if you've taken an MAO inhibitor within the last 14 days. A risky drug interaction may occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, Methylene Blue injection, rasagiline, phenelzine, and tranylcypromine. To ensure that this medication is appropriate for you, speak to your physician if you suffer from one of the following conditions:

  • kidney disease.
  • Liver disease.

Buspirone is not thought to harm the unborn baby. Consult your physician if you are expecting or planning to become pregnant while taking treatment.It's not clear if buspirone gets into breast milk or if it can harm the nursing infant. Consult with your doctor if you are breastfeeding a baby. Buspirone is not FDA-approved for use by people younger than 18 years of age; however, it is used by adolescents and children under strict medical supervision and in the right dosage.

How to take Buspirone?

Use buspirone exactly as it was prescribed to you. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Your doctor might alter your dosage to ensure you are getting the best outcomes. Be sure to not take this medicine in smaller or larger doses or for longer periods than the recommended time.Buspirone can be taken with or without food; however, do it in the same manner every time.

Some tablets of buspirone are scored to allow you to break them into 3 or 2 pieces so that you can take less medicine for each dose. Don't use tablets if they have not been properly broken and the fragment is too large or small. Follow the instructions of your physician on how much tablet to consume.If you've switched to buspirone following the discontinuation of another medication for anxiety, you may have to gradually decrease the dosage of the drug rather than abruptly stopping. Certain medications for anxiety can cause withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking them abruptly after long-term usage.The medication may produce false-positive results on some medical test results. It may be necessary to stop taking the medication up to 48 hours prior to the test. Be sure to inform any doctor treating you that you're taking buspirone.Maintain at room temperature and free of heat, moisture, and light.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Do the dose you missed as soon as you can remember. Avoid any missed doses if you are close to the time of the next dose. Don't take any extra medication to make up for the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Get medical attention in an emergency or contact the poison help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should be avoided?

The medication could affect your ability to think or react. Be aware if you are driving or doing any other activity that requires you to stay vigilant.Alcohol consumption can increase some of the negative effects of buspirone.

Grapefruit juice and grapefruit may interfere with buspirone and cause undesirable reactions. You should discuss the consumption of grapefruit juice with your physician.

Side effects of Buspirone

Get immediate medical attention. If you experience any indications that you are experiencing an allergic reaction due to buspirone, such as hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your lips, tongue, throat, or face,

See your doctor right away if you are suffering from:

  • Chest pain.
  • Breath.
  • Feeling lightheaded, like you're about to pass out.

Some of the common side effects associated with buspirone include:

  • Headache.
  • Dizziness, drowsiness.
  • Sleep problems (insomnia).
  • Nausea, an upset stomach.
  • Feeling anxious or nervous.

This isn't a complete list of possible side effects, and other side effects could be present. Consult your physician to seek medical advice on adverse effects. You may report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Details on dosage

Usual Adult Dose for Anxiety:

Initial dosage: 7.5 mg orally two times per day, or 5 mg three times per day.
Maintenance dosage Dosage for daily use: The dose can be increased by increments of 5 mg over 2 or 3 weeks up to 20–60 mg/day in doses that are divided.
Maximum dose: 60 mg per day.

Interaction with other drugs

It is possible to take this medicine in conjunction with other medicines that cause you to sleep or cause breathing problems, which can increase the severity of these effects. Talk to your doctor prior to taking buspirone along with a sleeping medication, painkiller, or narcotic medication such as muscle relaxers or medications for depression, anxiety, seizures, or depression.

Other drugs can be incompatible with buspirone, like medications that are prescribed and available over the counter, such as vitamins and herbal products. Be sure to inform your health professionals about any medications you are taking currently and any medicines that you decide to stop or begin taking.

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