What is Buspar?

BuSpar is the trade mark name for the anti-anxiety medication buspirone hydrochloride. It works by affecting chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety. BuSpar is used in the treatment of severe anxiety symptoms, such as; fear, tension, irritability, dizziness, pounding heartbeat, and other physical symptoms.

Important Information About Buspar

BuSpar is meant to be taken for up to 4 weeks. Taking this medication on the long term basis can result in the body developing a tolerance, dependency and withdrawal syndrome. Do not take BuSpar longer than 4 weeks without your Doctors advice. When stopping its use patients should be gradually weened of the medication to prevent any symptoms of withdrawal.

Just as with other anti-anxiety medications there is a risk of abuse associated with BuSpar. Do not share this medication with others. Take BuSpar only as directed to prevent a dependency from developing. Do not drink alcohol while taking BuSpar, this could increase the effects of the medication and put you at risk of fatal adverse effects.

Buspar Side Effects

Patients taking BuSpar may experience restlessness, nervousness, or unusual excitement, as these are the most common side effects to this medication. There is a risk of patients developing a tolerance, dependency and withdrawal syndrome with prolong use and misuse of BuSpar.

Although rare some patients taking BuSpar have reported experiencing the following side effects, if you experience any of these side effects to BuSpar contact your Doctor immediately;

  • Chest pain
  • confusion
  • fast or pounding heartbeat
  • fever
  • incoordination
  • mental depression
  • muscle weakness
  • numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in the hands or feet
  • skin rash or hives
  • sore throat
  • stiffness of the arms or legs
  • uncontrolled movements of the body

Seek emergency help if you experience any of the following symptoms of BuSpar overdose;

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness especially when getting up from a sitting or lying position suddenly
  • drowsiness (severe)
  • loss of consciousness
  • nausea or vomiting
  • stomach upset
  • very small pupils of the eyes

Buspar Use

BuSpar is prescribed as a short term anti-anxiety medication. Patients experiencing severe anxiety symptoms, such as; fear, tension, irritability, dizziness, pounding heartbeat, and other physical symptoms, will find relief when taking BuSpar.

Just as with other anti-anxiety medications BuSpar is often abused for recreational purposes by both those with prescriptions and taking the medication illegally. Those abusing BuSpar do so for increased relaxation, many drinking alcohol with the medication to increase the effects and potentially reach an euphoric state.

Buspar Dosage and Directions

BuSpar tablets recommended initial dose for adults  is 15 mg daily, this is divided into two doses (7.5 mg twice daily) to acheive its intended effects. Over 2 to 3 days the dosage may be increased 5 mg per day to achieve optimal results. Dose should not exceed 60 mg per day. Patients should eat when taking BuSpar. This medication should be taken in a constant manor, same timing each day to achieve the desired effects.