Generic Name: Buspirone (byoo-SPYE-rone)Drug Class: Antianxiety Agent
- Drug Uses
- General Information
- How it Works
- How to Take It
- Possible Side Effects
- Warnings and Precautions
- Drug Interactions
- Missing a Dose
- Pregnancy or Nursing
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 for you.
- 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.
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 Throw away any medication that is outdated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.
More InformationFor more information, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or health care provider.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 19 May 2015
Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.