What is Buspirone?

Buspirone is the generic name for an anti-anxiety medication, brand names include BuSpar, BuSpar Dividose, and Vanspar.  This medication affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety. Buspirone is used in the treatment of symptoms of anxiety, such as; fear, tension, irritability, dizziness, pounding heartbeat, and other physical symptoms.

Important Information about Buspirone

If you have used an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 day do not take Buspirone. This could result in a dangerous drug interaction.

Buspirone can delay your reaction time and decrease your alertness. Do not drive or do other activities that require you to be alter until you know how Buspirone will affect you. Drinking alcohol may increase these effects as well as other side effects.

Do not eat Grape fruit while taking Buspirone, an iteration may occur.

This medication is to be taken over a short period of time. If you are taking Buspirone longer than 4 weeks speak to your Doctor.

Buspirone Side Effects

Along with the desired effects of Buspirone there are many adverse effects to this medication. Most commonly patients taking Buspirone will experience restlessness, nervousness, or unusual excitement. Some side effects are more severe than others, if you experience any of the following effects 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

Buspirone Use

Buspirone is used in the treatment of symptoms of anxiety. These anxiety symptoms include; fear, tension, irritability, dizziness, pounding heartbeat, and other physical symptoms. Busprione works by altering chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety.

Buspirone Dosage and Directions

Usual Adult Dose for:

  • Anxiety –  7.5 mg orally two times a day or 5 mg 3 times a day as the initial dose. Then increasing the dose in 5 mg increments every 2 to 3 days up to 20 to 60 mg/day in divided doses for maintenance. Maximum dose of 60 mg per day.

Usual Pediatric Dose for:

  • Anxiety – patients ages 6 to 18 years may receive 2.5 to 10 mg daily as an initial dose. The daily dose may be increased in 2.5 mg increments every 2 to 3 days to 15 to 60 mg/day given in 2 divided doses for maintenance.