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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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  • 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.
  • 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.

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Side effects for Buspar (Buspirone)

From clinical trials of Buspar / Anxiety ( 941)

  • DizzinessDizziness12% for Buspar vs.3% for placebo
  • Any side effectAny side effect10% for Buspar vs.0% for placebo
  • DrowsinessDrowsiness10% for Buspar vs.9% for placebo
  • NauseaNausea8% for Buspar vs.5% for placebo
  • HeadacheHeadache6% for Buspar vs.3% for placebo
  • NervousnessNervousness5% for Buspar vs.1% for placebo
  • FatigueFatigue4% for Buspar vs.4% for placebo
  • Sleep difficultySleep difficulty3% for Buspar vs.3% for placebo
  • LightheadednessLightheadedness3% for Buspar vs.0% for placebo
  • Central nervous system disturbancesCentral nervous system disturbances3% for Buspar vs.0% for placebo

What to expect when you start Buspar (Buspirone)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Take doses at about the same time each day.
  • It can take several weeks to get the full effect.
  • Don't eat or drink grapefruit juice when using Buspar (Buspirone).
  • Don't use Buspar (Buspirone) within two weeks of using an MAO inhibitor (like Eldepryl, Parnate, or Marplan).
  • Be consistent in taking Buspar (Buspirone) with or without food.
  • Avoid alcohol when taking Buspar (Buspirone).

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.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Buspar (Buspirone)

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The FDA category for this medication is B. It is advised that you: Probably safe
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Avoid alcohol when taking Buspar (Buspirone).
  • No alcohol
    Age: 50
    Gender: man
    Taken for: Anxiety
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Be consistent in taking Buspar (Buspirone) with or without food.
  • It makes me crazy dizzy in the am if i take it on an empty stomach. Food helps.
    Age: 31
    Gender: woman
    Taken for: Anxiety
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    Age: 29
    Gender: woman
    Taken for: Anxiety
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • Stopping Buspar (Buspirone) suddenly may cause withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, anxiety, flu-like symptoms, trouble sleeping, and muscle pain or burning. Withdrawal symptoms can last a few weeks or longer. Work with your doctor to gradually reduce your dose.