Generic name: Buspirone hydrochlorideBrand names: BuSpar
BuSpar is used in the treatment of anxiety disorders and for short-term relief of the symptoms of anxiety.
BuSpar should not be used with antidepressant drugs known as monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors.
Take BuSpar exactly as prescribed. Do not be discouraged if you feel no immediate effect. The full benefit of BuSpar may not be seen for 1 to 2 weeks after you start to take it.
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking BuSpar.
If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to BuSpar or similar mood-altering drugs, you should not take BuSpar. Make sure your doctor is aware of any drug reactions you have experienced.
Anxiety or tension related to everyday stress usually does not require treatment with BuSpar. Discuss your symptoms thoroughly with your doctor.
The use of BuSpar is not recommended if you have severe kidney or liver damage.
The effects of BuSpar on the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) are unpredictable. Therefore, you should not drive or operate dangerous machinery or participate in any hazardous activity that requires full mental alertness while you are taking BuSpar.
Although BuSpar does not intensify the effects of alcohol, it is best to avoid alcohol while taking BuSpar.
If BuSpar is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either can be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining BuSpar with the following:The blood-thinning drug warfarin sodiumHaloperidolMAO inhibitorsTrazodone
The effects of BuSpar during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. It is not known whether BuSpar appears in breast milk. If BuSpar is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to discontinue breastfeeding until your treatment is finished.
The recommended starting dose is a total of 15 milligrams per day divided into smaller doses, usually 5 milligrams 3 times a day. Every 2 to 3 days, your doctor may increase the dosage 5 milligrams per day as needed. The daily dose should not exceed 60 milligrams.
The safety and effectiveness of BuSpar have not been established in children under 18 years of age.
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of BuSpar, seek medical attention immediately.