BUSPAR (Buspirone)


    BUSPAR (Buspirone) is an anxiolytic drug that inhibits the neurotransmitters that can increase or mediate the anxiety. BUSPAR (Buspirone) mimics the serotonin activity and thereby reduce the stress and anxiety. BUSPAR (Buspirone) is also prescribed in general anxiety disorders with or without panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorders of any stages. As an off-label use, BUSPAR (Buspirone) is prescribed for the treatment of depression and alcohol dependence. But these medical benefits are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. BUSPAR (Buspirone) is contraindicated in children.

    Who should not take BUSPAR (Buspirone)?

    You should not take BUSPAR (Buspirone) for two weeks after you took drugs like Selegiline or rasagiline, rifampicin, isocarboxacid, muscle relaxants, sedatives, anti-histamines, haloperidol, carbamazepine, erythromycin, calcium-channel blocker, some anti-fungal drugs, anti-convulsants, phenelzine, tranylcypromine and even the grape juice. If you have pre-existing medical conditions like closed-angle glaucoma, epilepsy, myocardial infarction, asthma, metabolic acidosis, liver or kidney diseases, bipolar disorders, Parkinson’s disease and neuromuscular disorders, you should not take BUSPAR (Buspirone). According to Food and Drug Administration, BUSPAR (Buspirone) is a Pregnancy Category – B drug and the maternal/foetal safety is unknown. It is better to consult your Physician, if you are pregnant or a lactating mother. BUSPAR (Buspirone) is contraindicated in children.

    BUSPAR (Buspirone) Side Effects:

    Some of the less serious side effects of BUSPAR (Buspirone) are lack of coordination, irregular heart beats, and vision changes with sleep disorders, tremors, increased sweating, skin rashes, lack of concentration, GI disturbances, mood changes and dizziness. Rarely, BUSPAR (Buspirone) can cause drug-allergic reactions in some patients.

    How should I take BUSPAR (Buspirone)?

    The recommended dosage for the BUSPAR (Buspirone) is 10 – 15 mg daily in 2 or 3 divided doses. If the problem is not drug responsive, the dose can be increased 20 – 30 mg after 4-6 days until the patient responds to the drug treatment. Many Physicians optimize the treatment dose as 30mg for adults. The following instruction should be followed to take the BUSPAR (Buspirone) – 10 -15 mg (Daily):

    1. You can take BUSPAR (Buspirone) anytime disregard of food intake, but with a glass of plain water
    2. Take BUSPAR (Buspirone) while you are sitting or standing up.
    3. Take BUSPAR (Buspirone) with 6 to 8 ounces (about 1 cup) of plain water. Do not take BUSPAR (Buspirone) with any other drink besides plain water. Do not take BUSPAR (Buspirone) with coffee, tea, juice, milk or other dairy drinks.
    4. Swallow BUSPAR (Buspirone) on a whole. Do not chew the tablet or keep BUSPAR (Buspirone) in your mouth to melt or dissolve.

    After taking BUSPAR (Buspirone) you must wait at least 30 minutes BEFORE:

    1. lying down. You may sit, stand, or do normal activities like read the newspaper or take a walk.
    2. Eating or drinking anything except plain water.

    Keep taking BUSPAR (Buspirone) for as long as your health care provider tells you. For BUSPAR (Buspirone) to treat your anxiety or keep you away from getting these symptoms, you have to take BUSPAR (Buspirone) as often and in the way BUSPAR (Buspirone) as prescribed.

    What should I know about BUSPAR (Buspirone)?

    Take BUSPAR (Buspirone) exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

    BUSPAR (Buspirone) can be taken with or without food.

    For BUSPAR (Buspirone) dosage one must follow his doctor’s instructions.

    It is important to take BUSPAR (Buspirone) regularly to get the most benefit, as directed by the Physician.

    Don’t take grape juice or grapefruit while you are in BUSPAR (Buspirone) treatment.

    Try to avoid smoking and alcohol habits.

    BUSPAR (Buspirone) can impair your judgement capability or it may cause dizziness. You should avoid driving or handling hazardous machineries that needs extreme attention.

    You should not take BUSPAR (Buspirone) more than one month.

    If you switch to BUSPAR (Buspirone) from other anxiolytic drugs, you must decrease the previously used drug dosage gradually and then it can be stopped. If abruptly stopped, it may lead to drug withdrawal syndrome.

    If you experience abnormal behavioural changes after you took BUSPAR (Buspirone), you should consult your Physician,

    Do not stop taking BUSPAR (Buspirone) without first talking to your doctor, even if you are feeling well. Even after your symptoms improve, you may require continuous treatment for quite some time, as directed by the Physician.

    Store BUSPAR (Buspirone) as per the instructions on the label.

    What happens if I miss a dose of BUSPAR (Buspirone)?

    Take the missed dose of BUSPAR (Buspirone) as soon as you remember, during the same day. If you do not remember until the next day, skip the missed dose and take BUSPAR (Buspirone) next day as routine dose. Do not take a double dose of the medication.

    What happens if I overdose of BUSPAR (Buspirone)?

    If you experience vision changes, gastrointestinal changes with nausea or vomiting, it may be a symptom of BUSPAR (Buspirone) overdose. Try to get emergency medical attention immediately.