Buspirone

Description

Buspirone is used to treat anxiety disorders as well as relieve symptoms of anxiety in the short term. It is not recommended for use in children and adolescents.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Buspirone

  • Chest pain
  • Confusion
  • Restlessness
  • Nervousness
  • Blurred vision
  • Diarrhea
  • Dryness of mouth
  • Ringing in ears
  • Sweating

Uses of Buspirone

What is it prescribed for?

  • Anxiety disorder
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed within 2 to 4 weeks of administration of the dose.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Consumption of alcohol is not recommended during treatment with this medicine due to the increased risk of side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty in concentrating.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendency has been reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to buspirone.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
General warnings

Renal impairment

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with severe renal impairment due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Liver impairment

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with severe liver impairment due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

MAO inhibitor

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients receiving MAO inhibitors due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's hypertensive condition and serotonin syndrome. A time gap of at least 14 days should be maintained between therapy with these medicines to avoid their interaction.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

N/A

Instructions

Consumption of alcohol is not recommended during treatment with this medicine due to the increased risk of side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty in concentrating.
Interaction with Medicine

Amitriptyline

Amlodipine

Citalopram

Fluvoxamine

Codeine

Dolasetron

Disease interactions

Depression

Buspirone is not recommended for use in patients with a known history of depression due to the increased risk of behavioral changes, aggressiveness, agitation, and mental depression. An alternative treatment option should be considered based on the clinical condition.

Liver Disease

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known history of severe hepatic impairment due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. In patients with mild to moderate hepatic impairment, dose adjustments may be required based on the clinical condition.

Renal Dysfunction

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known history of severe renal impairment due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. In patients with mild to moderate renal impairment, dose adjustments may be required based on the clinical condition.
Food interactions
Consumption of grapefruit juice should be avoided during treatment with this medicine due to the increased risk of severe side effects.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take this medicine with or without food. Do not take in larger amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Ensure that the course of treatment is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
It works by acting on natural chemicals present in the brain which are responsible for behavior, thinking, and reasoning.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Unknown

Classification

Category

Miscellaneous anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics

Schedule

Schedule H

Buspirone - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2017 [cited 22 August 2017]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00490

Buspirone: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2017 [cited 22 August 2017]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a688005.html

DailyMed - BUSPIRONE HCL- buspirone hydrochloride tablet [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2017 [cited 22 August 2017]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=33999f17-f689-40a1-955a-fb19c0590e0e

EMC [Internet]. 2017 [cited 22 August 2017]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/23859

TOXNET [Internet]. Toxnet.nlm.nih.gov. 2017 [cited 22 August 2017]. Available from:

https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search2

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Information on this page was last updated on 6 Sep 2017

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