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Buspirone

Buspirone (BuSpar)

No More Panic forum posts about this medication can be found here: Buspirone / Buspar

Buspirone (BuSpar) is an Anti-anxiety agent, used primarily for relief of mild to moderate anxiety and nervous tension. It acts at specific seratonin receptors This drug is useful in treating the elderly, alcoholics, or people that have a history of addiction. Alcohol does not interact in a dangerous manner with Buspirone and Buspirone may be useful in reducing alcohol craving.

This drug is also useful in the treatment of aggression in developmentally disabled persons over 18 or self-injurious behaviors.

Buspirone may also be useful in treating hyperactivity in the autistic and may decrease the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) It may also help in people with aches, cramps, fatigue, pains, PMS, or sexual dysfunction due to generalized anxiety disorder. Buspirone may help decrease the urge for nicotine.

It is not habit-forming and is not a benzodiazepine but is only licensed for short term use.

It is not prescribed widely in the UK.

Benefits Seen

  • Could take up to two weeks.

If planning to stop taking

  • Do not stop without consulting your doctor.

Overdose symptoms include

  • Drowsiness
  • Dysphoria
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Paresthesias
  • Seizures
  • Headaches
  • Chest pain
  • sweating

Warnings:

  • Do not take this drug if you are pregnant.
  • Do not take this drug if planning to become pregnant.
  • Do not take if you are breast-feeding.
  • Do not give this drug to children.
  • Only use drug in small doses if over sixty with close monitoring. Keep an eye out for dizziness or weakness to help avoid falling.
  • Do not take this drug if you have taken any monoamine oxidase ( MAO ) in the past two weeks.
  • Do not use if: You had negative reactions to this drug in the past.

Inform doctor:

  • If you had negative reactions to this drug in the past.
  • If you have epilepsy.
  • If you are taking any other prescription or non-prescription drug.
  • If you plan to be under anesthesia or having any surgery in the next few months, also if you will be under-going any medical tests.

Symptoms or Side Effects:

Common

  • Chest pain
  • Excitable
  • Headache
  • Dream disturbances
  • Dizziness
  • Light headedness
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Ringing in ears
  • Sore throat

Rare

  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Diarrhoea
  • Insomnia
  • Movement disorders
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Palpitations
  • Tachycardia
  • Dysphoria
  • Restlessness
  • Rigidity
  • Tremors

See doctor always

  • Chest pain
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Diarrhoea
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Movement disorders
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Palpitations
  • Tachycardia
  • Dysphoria
  • Restlessness
  • Rigidity
  • Sore throat
  • Tremors

See doctor if severe

  • Diarrhoea
  • Excitable
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Ringing in ears

See doctor NOW

  • Confusion