How To Use This Medicine
Do not this medication if you are allergic to Buspar, or if you have used an MAO inhibitor
- Isocarboxazid (Marplan®)
- Phenelzine (Nardil®)
- Rasagiline (Azilect®)
- Selegiline (Eldepryl®, Emsam®)
- Tranylcypromine (Parnate®)
within the past 14 days.
Serious, life-threatening side effects can occur if you take
Buspar before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body.
Buspar can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if
you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Avoid drinking alcohol.
It may increase some of the side effects caused by Buspar.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with Buspar and lead to potentially dangerous
effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor. Do not increase
or decrease the amount of grapefruit products in your diet without first talking to your
Buspar is usually taken for only a short time. Do not take this medication for longer
than 4 weeks without your doctor's advice.
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you.
Do not take the medication in
larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the
directions on your prescription label.
You may take Buspar with or without food but take it the same way each time.
Some tablet forms of Buspar (Buspar Dividose) may need to be broken before you take the
medicine. These tablets have special scored marks on them to make breaking the tablet
easy. Do not use the tablet if it has not broken correctly and the piece is too big or too
small. Follow your doctor's instructions about how much of the tablet to take.
If you have been switched to Buspar from another anxiety medication, you may need to
slowly decrease your dose of the other medication rather than stopping suddenly.
Some anxiety medications can cause withdrawal symptoms when you stop
taking them suddenly after long-term use. Store Buspar at room temperature away
from moisture and heat.