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What is Buspirone?
Buspirone is a prescriptional medication that is mainly used to treat symptoms of anxiety. It can be used alone or in combination with other drugs.
What are the uses of Buspirone?
Buspirone belongs to the category of drugs anxiolytics. Buspirone is mainly used to treat anxiety disorders. In the short term, it can be used to treat symptoms of anxiety. It decreases serotonin activity (a naturally occurring chemical) of the brain, which is responsible for anxiety. Buspirone can be prescribed for:
- Relieving short term anxiety disorders
- Relieving symptoms of anxiety
- Relieving symptoms of depression (with or without anxiety)
How do you use Buspirone?
- Take this medicine orally twice daily, with or without food or as prescribed by your physician
- Take this tablet daily at the same time.
- Follow all the instructions on the prescription label.
- Do not stop taking this medication abruptly without consulting your doctor.
- Do not take it more or less or take it more than often than prescribed by your doctor
- Do not stop using it even if you feel well
If You Miss the Dose
- If you happen to miss a dose of Buspirone, take the missed dose as soon as you remember.
- However, if it is almost time for the next dose, do not take the missed dose and continue with your next scheduled dose.
- Do not take a double dose to compensate for the missed dose.
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Buspirone frequently asked questions
What are the side-effects and risks of Buspirone?
Like all other medications, Buspirone may cause side effects, although it is unlikely to happen in everyone. However, it is important that you are aware of what could be the possible side effects.
Very Common side effects:
- Mental and physical tiredness
- Difficulty in sleeping
- Pain in the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bone
- Sleeping problems
- Confused state
- Disturbance in attention
- Cold sweats
- Dry mouth
- Stomach pain
- Blurred vision
- Racing heart (abnormally fast heart rhythm)
- Feeling and being sick
- Abnormal coordination
- Ringing or buzzing in the ears
- Chest pain
- Blocked nose
- Sore throat
- Itchy skin rash caused by allergic reaction- pale or red irregular raised patches with severe itching (hives)
- Overproduction of breast milk
- Fainting or passing out
- Feeling that the mind is separated from the body
- Difficulty passing water
- Tunnel vision
- Extrapyramidal disorder (tremor, slurred speech)
- Dystonia (affecting posture – muscle spasm of the neck, shoulders, or body)
- Restlessness (akathisia)
- Difficulty controlling movement/ jerky movements
- Muscle rigidity
- Disorders affecting posture (muscle spasm of neck, shoulders, and body)
- Total or partial memory loss
- Lack of muscle control
- Restless leg syndrome
- Difficulty in controlling movements
- Stiffness and shuffling
Who should not take Buspirone?
Inform your physician if you have the following conditions before starting Buspirone:
- Impaired kidney
- Liver disorders
- Acute narrow-angle glaucoma
- Myasthenia gravis (a disease characterized by muscle weakness, difficulty chewing or swallowing, and slurred speech)
- History of drug dependence
- You are taking any other medication, are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning a pregnancy.
- You are allergic to Buspirone or any of its ingredients or have any other allergies.
- You are allergic to any other medication.
- You are taking any other drugs, over-the-counter medicines, herbal products, or nutritional supplements.
- Benzodiazepines such as Nitrazepam or Temazepam or diazepam
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors such as phenelzine or tranylcypromine.
- St. John´s Wort (hypericum perforatum) – a herbal remedy used for depression
When should you not take Buspirone?
You should not take Buspirone if:
- It has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
- The packaging shows signs of tampering
- You have grapefruit juice
- You have alcohol
- You are lactose intolerant
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