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Buspar



Buspar (Buspirone) is used to treat certain anxiety disorders or to relieve the symptoms of anxiety. This medication may also be used to treat symptoms associated with Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).

How to Take Buspar
Take Buspar with food or milk if stomach upset occurs. It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed. Do not increase your dose or take more often than prescribed.

Symptoms should begin to improve within 7 to 10 days of starting this medication. However, it may take 3 to 4 weeks for the full benefit of Buspar to be apparent.


Side Effects
Buspar may cause drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, fatigue, weakness, vivid dreams, sleeplessness, dry skin, blurred vision, altered sense of taste and smell, weight gain, muscle aches, ringing in the ears, nausea, headaches. If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor.

Notify your doctor if you experience: abnormal movements or "twitches" of the face or neck muscles, other involuntary movements or tremors, depression, confusion, incoordination, chest pain, breathing difficulties. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Drug Interactions
Before taking Buspar, tell your doctor of all over-the-counter or prescription drugs you may be taking, especially other drugs for anxiety or depression, MAOIs (e.g., phenelzine, tranylcypromine, isocarboxazid, selegiline, linezolid, furazolidone), azole or macrolide antibiotics, haloperidol, narcotic pain medications. Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Precautions
Before taking this medication, inform your doctor of your medical history especially if you have kidney or liver disease, or drug allergies. Limit alcohol intake as it may intensify the dizziness and/or drowsiness effects of Buspirone.

Use caution when engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this drug. It is not known if this drug is excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
Take any missed dose of Buspar as soon as possible but not if it is almost time for the next dose. If it is time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your regular schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose. If more than one dose is missed, contact your doctor or pharmacist to establish a new dosing schedule.

Notes
Do not share this medication with others. Keep Buspar and all medications out of the reach of children.



This information regarding Buspar is intended to supplement, not substitute the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that the use of Buspar is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using Buspar.

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