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Buspar

(Buspirone)

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Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available

Our pharmacists’ bottom line

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 take Buspar (Buspirone) for Anxiety

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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.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

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
Pregnancy
Alcohol
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Avoid alcohol when taking Buspar (Buspirone).
  • No alcohol
    Age: 50
    Gender: Man
    Taken for: Anxiety
Food
  • 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
Sex
  • Helps with sexual side effects of Effexor
    Age: 29
    Gender: Woman
    Taken for: Anxiety
Sleep
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Can cause drowsiness or dizziness when you start taking Buspar (Buspirone). Be extremely careful of activities that require mental alertness, such as driving.
  • 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.
  • Take before bedtime to avoid drowsiness.
    Taken for: OCD
    Duration taken: A year or so