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Buspirone belongs to the class of medications called anxiolytics, or anti-anxieties. Buspirone is used for the short-term relief of excessive anxiety for people with generalized anxiety disorder.
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Buspirone belongs to the class of medications called anxiolytics, or anti-anxieties. Buspirone is used for the short-term relief of excessive anxiety for people with generalized anxiety disorder. Generalized anxiety disorder is believed to be caused by imbalances in certain brain chemicals. Riva Buspirone works by bringing these chemicals back into balance.
Buspirone is not used for everyday anxiety and stress.
Riva Buspirone may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Riva Buspirone may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of Riva Buspirone may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested Riva Buspirone for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking Riva Buspirone, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking Riva Buspirone without consulting your doctor.
Do not give Riva Buspirone to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take Riva Buspirone if their doctor has not prescribed it.
The recommended dose starts at 5 mg 2 or 3 times daily. This may be increased by 5 mg every 2 to 3 days to a maximum of 45 mg daily in divided doses as directed by the doctor.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store Riva Buspirone at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Riva Buspirone. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Riva Buspirone with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Riva Buspirone. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Riva Buspirone.
Each white, barrel-shaped, compressed single-scored tablet, engraved "'R" on one side and "1 | 0" on the other side, contains 10 mg buspirone hydrochloride. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and sodium starch glycolate.
Do not take Riva Buspirone if you:
There may be an interaction between buspirone and any of the following:
If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with Riva Buspirone. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use Riva Buspirone.
Drowsiness/reduced alertness: Riva Buspirone may impair the mental or physical abilities required for certain tasks, such as driving a car or operating machinery. Do not drive or operate dangerous machinery while using Riva Buspirone until you have determined how Riva Buspirone affects you.
Kidney function: The kidneys are involved in removing buspirone from the body. People with reduced kidney function may experience increased side effects of buspirone as a result of it not being removed as quickly as expected.
If you have Kidney Disease or reduced kidney function, discuss with your doctor how Riva Buspirone may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Liver function: Buspirone is broken down by the liver so it can be removed from the body through the kidneys. Liver disease or reduced liver function may cause a build-up of buspirone in the body and cause side effects.
If you have liver disease or decreased liver function, discuss with your doctor how Riva Buspirone may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Riva Buspirone, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Seizures: The safety and effectiveness of buspirone when taken by someone with a seizure disorder have not been determined. If you have a seizure disorder or a history of seizure disorders you should not take Riva Buspirone.
If you have a seizure disorder, discuss with your doctor how Riva Buspirone may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Riva Buspirone, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking Riva Buspirone, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if buspirone passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking Riva Buspirone, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of buspirone for children below the age of 6 years have not been established.
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