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Buspar Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Pronunciation: byoo SPYE rone
Brand: BuSpar

Buspar is an anti-anxiety medicine. Buspar affects chemicals in your brain that may become unbalanced and may also cause anxiety. It is chemically different from other medicines that treat anxiety and has very little effect on mental alertness. Generic buspirone tablets are available.

Buspar Dosage

The usual starting dose is a total of 15 milligrams per day divided into smaller doses, usually 5 milligrams 3 times a day.

Uses of Buspar

  • Buspirone is used to treat anxiety disorders or in the short-term treatment of symptoms of anxiety.
  • It is also used sometimes to treat the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

Side Effects of Buspar

Before taken Buspar medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Buspar. Side effects may include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Bone aches/pain
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Decreased concentration
  • Fluttery heartbeat
  • Incoordination
  • Muscle pain/aches
  • Numbness
  • Weakness in hands or feet
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Restlessness
  • Stomach and abdominal upset
  • Sweating/clamminess
  • Tingling or pins and needles
  • Urinary incontinence

Warnings and precautions before taking Buspar

  • You should tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially antihistamines; anticonvulsants such as carbamazepine, phenobarbital and phenytoin, dexamethasone; diazepam; diltiazem; erythromycin; haloperidol; ketoconazole.
  • If you are having surgery, including dental surgery, then you should tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking buspirone.
  • After taken this medicine if you feel some drowsy, then you should not participate in any activities that require full mental alertness such as drive or operate machinery.
  • Do not take Buspar without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.
  • Buspar has not been approved for use by children younger than 18 years of age.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Buspar with certain other drugs, then it may be increased, decreased, or altered the effects of medicine. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Buspar with the following:

  • blood-thinning drug Coumadin
  • Haloperidol (Haldol)
  • MAO inhibitors (antidepressant drugs such as Nardil and Parnate)
  • Trazodone (Desyrel)

After taken Buspar if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Buspar overdose may include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Very deep sleep
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Unusually small pupils

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