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Buspar Medication - Uses & Side Effects

BUSPIRONE (Buspar®) helps to relieve certain states of anxiety. It is chemically different from other medicines that treat anxiety and has very little effect on mental alertness. Buspirone does not produce dependency problems. Generic buspirone tablets are available.

Buspar Dosage

  • 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.

Uses of Buspar

  • Buspar is used to reduce fear, tension, and anxiety associated with anxiety disorders.
  • Buspar may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
  • His medication may also be used for premenstrual syndrome.

Side Effects of Buspar

The more common side-effects of Buspar include:

  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • insomnia and radical dreams
  • nausea
  • headache
  • faintness
  • random excitement
  • tremors
  • stiffness
  • movement disorders
  • tingling sensations
  • a raise in blood pressure and sexual problems.

Warnings and precautions before taking Buspar:

  • Do not take Buspar with any MAO Inhibitors because this can cause very serious or fatal interactions.
  • Be cautious when performing other dangerous tasks.
  • 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.

Drug Interaction :-

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

The symptoms of a Buspar overdose include:

  • drowsiness
  • very deep sleep
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • unusually small pupils

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