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Buspar Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is buspirone (Buspar)?
- What are the possible side effects of buspirone (Buspar)?
- What is the most important information I should know about buspirone (Buspar)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking buspirone (Buspar)?
- How should I take buspirone (Buspar)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Buspar)?
- What happens if I overdose (Buspar)?
- What should I avoid while taking buspirone (Buspar)?
- What other drugs will affect buspirone (Buspar)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking buspirone (Buspar)?
You should not use buspirone if you are allergic to it.
Do not use 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 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur, leading to serious side effects.
To make sure buspirone is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have any of these conditions:
- kidney disease; or
- liver disease.
FDA pregnancy category B. Buspirone is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether buspirone passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give this medication to anyone under 18 years old without medical advice.
How should I take buspirone (Buspar)?
Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Buspirone is usually taken for only a short time, such as 3 or 4 weeks. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
You may take buspirone with or without food but take it the same way each time.
Some tablet forms of buspirone (Buspar Dividose) may need to be broken before you take the medicine. These tablets have special scored marks on them to make breaking the tablet easy. Do not use the tablet if it has not broken correctly and the piece is too big or too small. Follow your doctor's instructions about how much of the tablet to take.
If you have been switched to buspirone from another anxiety medication, you may need to slowly decrease your dose of the other medication rather than stopping suddenly. Some anxiety medications can cause withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking them suddenly after long-term use.
While using buspirone, you may need frequent blood tests at your doctor's office.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Additional Buspar Information
- Buspar Drug Interactions Center: buspirone oral
- Buspar Side Effects Center
- Buspar Overview including Precautions
- Buspar FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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