Generic Name: Buspirone (byoo-SPYE-rone)
Drug Class: Antianxiety Agent
This medicine is used to treat generalized anxiety disorder. Your doctor
may use this medicine to treat other conditions as well.
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect,
adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions
about your medicines, talk to your health care provider.
How it Works
Anxiety is thought to be caused by an imbalance of a chemical in the brain
called serotonin. This medicine brings serotonin levels back to normal which
can reduce symptoms of generalized anxiety. This medicine works gradually
over a two to four week period.
How to Take It
This medicine is taken orally and can be taken with or without food. Take
the medicine at regular intervals. Regular use for 7 to 14 days may be needed
to see relief from anxiety symptoms and tension.
Possible Side Effects
- A few of the most common side effects with this medicine include:
- water retention
- It is NOT recommended that you drink alcohol while taking this medicine.
If you drink alcohol, talk to your doctor to see if this medicine is right
- Be cautious when driving or performing other dangerous tasks.
- This medicine can impair judgment.
- Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your
local or regional poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
- This medicine should not be taken with MAO inhibitors. If you’re not
sure if you are taking MAO inhibitors, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next
dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out
of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat
and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated
or no longer needed.
Talk to your doctor about the benefits versus the risks to your baby while
taking this medicine. It is unknown if this drug is excreted in breast milk.
Do not breast feed while taking this medicine
For more information, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or health care provider.
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