Buspar

(buspirone)

3.4/ 5 average rating with 67 reviewsforBuspar
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Buspar (buspirone) relieves anxiety with less drowsiness and abuse potential than other anti-anxiety medicines, but it takes time to work and effects might wear off over time.

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Quick facts about Buspar
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (buspirone)

Upsides

  • Doesn't cause as much physical dependence or withdrawal symptoms as other medications used for anxiety.
  • Available as a generic, which is cheaper.
  • Tablets can be split for easy dose changes.
  • Doesn't cause as much drowsiness as other medications for anxiety.
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People’s experience with Buspar

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Downsides

  • Not for quick relief of anxiety symptoms since Buspar (buspirone) can take as long as 4 weeks to fully work.
  • Not as effective for short-term anxiety conditions or panic disorders.
  • Some people find that Buspar (buspirone) loses effectiveness over long periods of time.
  • Must take Buspar (buspirone) twice daily for full effect.
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How it works

Buspar (buspirone) is an anti-anxiety medicine. Researchers don't know exactly how Buspar (buspirone) works, but it seems to affect chemicals in the brain that control mood and anxiety.

Quick facts about Buspar
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (buspirone)

Dosage forms

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People’s experience with Buspar

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

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  • Effectiveness
  • Starts to kick in
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  • Possible side effects
  • Dizziness
  • Nervousness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
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Side effect rates for Buspar (buspirone)

From 941 clinical trials of Buspar when taken for anxiety
  • Dizziness
    12%12%
    3%3%
  • Drowsiness
    10%10%
    9%9%
  • Nausea
    8%8%
    5%5%
  • Headache
    6%6%
    3%3%
  • Nervousness
    5%5%
    1%1%
  • Fatigue
    4%4%
    4%4%
  • Trouble sleeping
    3%3%
    3%3%
  • Lightheadedness
    3%3%
  • Dry mouth
    3%3%
    4%4%
  • Worse concentration
    2%2%
    2%2%
  • Excitement
    2%2%
  • Anger/hostility
    2%2%
  • Confusion
    2%2%
  • Depression
    2%2%
    2%2%
  • Blurred vision
    2%2%
  • Upset stomach
    2%2%
    2%2%
  • Diarrhea
    2%2%
  • Numbness
    2%2%
  • Weakness
    2%2%
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Risks and Warnings for Buspar (buspirone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking Buspar (buspirone) with MAOIs
    • Taking Buspar (buspirone) within 14 days after stopping a MAOIs

    In some cases, people taking both Buspar (buspirone) and a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) have had higher blood pressure. Don't start Buspar (buspirone) for at least 14 days after stopping a MAOI, and don't take Buspar (buspirone) and MAOIs together. Talk to your doctor right away if you feel dizzy, faint, or have a very bad headache.

Common concerns from people taking Buspar (buspirone)

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Interactions
  • Buspar (buspirone) interacts with other medicines. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist before starting any new medicines, including non-prescription medicines, herbals, and vitamins.
Alcohol
  • Avoid alcohol when taking Buspar (buspirone).
Food
  • Be consistent in taking Buspar (buspirone) with or without food around the same time each day.
  • Not sure
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Busparon 5/25/2017Taking with food helped reduce the nausea, but I still had pretty bad side-effects.
    22
    Man
    Less than a week
    Anxiety
Sleep
  • Buspar (buspirone) can make you drowsy. Don't drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how this medicine affects you.
  • Doesn't cause as much drowsiness as other medications for anxiety.
  • Not sure
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Busparon 8/2/2017Makes me insanely drowsy after taking it. I always have to sleep within the hour, there's absolutely no fighting it. Also gives me brain zaps for an hour or so after taking it. Sometimes my anxiety feels a bit dulled but other times it's just as bad as usual.
    20
    Woman
    A few months
    Anxiety