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Drug Database - Buspar BuSpar 10 mg. tablet

Generic Name: Buspirone (byoo-SPYE-rone)

Brand Names: Buspar®

Classification: Anti-Anxiety

Issue Date: 1988

Buspar is an anti-anxiety medicine that affects chemicals in your brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety. Buspar is used to treat symptoms of anxiety, such as fear, tension, irritability, dizziness, pounding heartbeat, and other physical symptoms. Buspar may also be used for purposes other than those listed here.

  • How To Use This Medicine
  • Discuss With Your Doctor
  • If You Miss A Dose
  • In Case of Overdose
  • What To Avoid
  • Side Effects
  • Drug Interactions
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    How To Use This Medicine

    Do not this medication if you are allergic to Buspar, or if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as:

    • 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 doctor.

    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.

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    Discuss With Your Doctor

    Before taking Buspar, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

    • Kidney Disease
    • Liver Disease

    If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use Buspar, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.

    This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether Buspar passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Do not give this medication to a child younger than 18 years old.

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    If You Miss A Dose

    Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

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    In Case of Overdose

    Seek emergency medical treatment. Symptoms of a Buspar overdose may include :

    • Vomiting
    • Drowsiness
    • Dizziness
    • Stomach Pain
    • Blurred Vision

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    What To Avoid

    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. Avoid using other medicines that make you sleepy such as:

    • cold medicine
    • pain medication
    • muscle relaxers
    • other medicines to treat anxiety or depression

    They may add to the side effects of 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 doctor.

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    Side Effects

    Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction:

    • difficulty breathing
    • closing of your throat
    • swelling of your lips, tongue, or face
    • hives

    Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

    • Feeling Light Headed
    • Fainting
    • Fast or Uneven Heart Rate
    • Depressed Mood
    • Unusual Thoughts or Behavior
    • Lack of Balance or Coordination

    Less serious side effects may be more likely to occur, such as:

    • Drowsiness
    • Dizziness
    • Blurred Vision
    • Feeling Restless
    • Nausea
    • Upset Stomach
    • Insomnia
    • Trouble Concentrating

    Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

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    Drug Interactions

    Before taking Buspar, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:

    • chlorpromazine (Thorazine®)
    • haloperidol (Haldol®)
    • mesoridazine (Serentil®)
    • pimozide (Orap®)
    • thioridazine (Mellaril®)
    • dexamethasone (Decadronv®, Hexadrol®)
    • erythromycin (E-Mycin®, E.E.S.®, Ery-Tab®, Erythrocin®)
    • itraconazole (Sporanox®)
    • ketoconazole (Nizoral®)
    • ritonavir (Norvir®)
    • capreomycin (Capastat®)
    • rifampin (Rifadin®, Rimactane®, Rifater®)
    • vancomycin (Vancocin®, Vancoled®)
    • diltiazem (Tiazac®, Cartia®, Cardizem®)
    • verapamil (Calan®, Covera®, Isoptin®, Verelan®)
    • carbamazepine (Carbatrol®, Tegretol®)
    • phenytoin (Dilantin®)
    • phenobarbital (Luminal®, Solfoton®)

    If you are using any of these drugs, you may not be able to use Buspar, or you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment.

    There may be other drugs not listed that can affect Buspar. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

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