Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableDrug class: Mental health

Buspar

(Buspirone)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableDrug class: Mental health
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Buspar (Buspirone) is effective for treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and less effective for short-term use.

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Upsides

  • Buspar (Buspirone) works very well to control the symptoms of generalized anxiety syndrome (GAD).
  • Buspar (Buspirone) doesn't cause physical dependence or withdrawal symptoms.
  • Buspar (Buspirone) is only available as a generic, so the price can be pretty cheap.
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Downsides

  • Buspar (Buspirone) can take as long as four weeks to become fully effective.
  • Not as effective for short-term anxiety conditions or panic disorders.
  • Most people find that it loses effectiveness over long periods of time.
  • Can cause drowsiness or dizziness when you start taking Buspar (Buspirone). Be extremely careful of activities that require mental alertness, such as driving.
How it works

Buspar (Buspirone) is an anti-anxiety medication. It's used to stabilize chemicals in the brain that control mood and nervousness.

What to expect when you take Buspar (Buspirone) for Anxiety

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Side effect rates for Buspar (Buspirone)

0From clinical trials of Buspar / Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Any side effect
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Nervousness
  • Fatigue
  • Central nervous system disturbances
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleep difficulty

Risks and Warnings for Buspar (Buspirone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking with MAOIs
    • Taking with Zyvox or methylene blue

    You shouldn't take Buspar (Buspirone) for at least 14 days after stopping a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) to lower the risk of serotonin syndrome. There’s also an increased risk of serotonin syndrome when using Buspar (Buspirone) with Zyvox or methylene blue.

Common concerns from people taking Buspar (Buspirone)

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Alcohol
  • Avoid alcohol when taking Buspar (Buspirone).
Food
  • Be consistent in taking Buspar (Buspirone) with or without food.
Sleep
  • Can cause drowsiness or dizziness when you start taking Buspar (Buspirone). Be extremely careful of activities that require mental alertness, such as driving.