BuSpar vs. Klonopin

Are Klonopin and BuSpar the Same Thing?

Buspar (buspirone) and Klonopin (clonazepam) are antianxiety medications prescribed to treat anxiety.

Klonopin is also used to treat seizure disorders.

Buspar and Klonopin are different types of anxiety medications. Buspar is a serotonin receptor agonist and Klonopin is a benzodiazepine.

Side effects of Buspar and Klonopin that are similar include dizziness, headache, drowsiness, blurred vision, and dry mouth.

Side effects of Buspar that are different from Klonopin include nausea, nervousness, lightheadedness, feeling tired, restlessness, upset stomach, stuffy nose, sore throat, ringing in the ears, excitement, and sleep problems (insomnia or strange dreams).

Side effects of Klonopin that are different from Buspar include weakness, unsteadiness, depression, loss of orientation, sleep disturbances, problems with thinking or memory, slurred speech, sore gums, runny nose, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and constipation.

Both Buspar and Klonopin may interact with alcohol and other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing (sleeping pills, narcotics, muscle relaxers, or medicines for anxiety, depression, or seizures).

Buspar may also interact with grapefruit and grapefruit juice, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), trazodone, warfarin, erythromycin, itraconazole, nefazodone, and rifampin.

Do not stop using Klonopin suddenly or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, including a seizure (convulsions).

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What Are Possible Side Effects of BuSpar?

Common side effects of BuSpar include:

  • dizziness,
  • headache,
  • blurred vision,
  • drowsiness,
  • feeling tired
  • feeling restless or nervous
  • nausea,
  • dry mouth,
  • upset stomach
  • sleep problems (insomnia),
  • strange dreams;
  • stuffy nose,
  • sore throat; or
  • ringing in your ears.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Klonopin?

Common side effects of Klonopin include:

  • drowsiness,
  • dizziness,
  • weakness,
  • unsteadiness,
  • depression,
  • loss of orientation,
  • headache,
  • sleep disturbances,
  • problems with thinking or memory,
  • slurred speech,
  • dry mouth,
  • sore gums,
  • runny nose,
  • loss of appetite,
  • diarrhea,
  • constipation, and
  • blurred vision.

What Is BuSpar?

BuSpar (buspirone hydrochloride) tablets are indicated for the management of anxiety disorders or the short-term relief of the symptoms of anxiety.

What Is Klonopin?

Klonopin is a prescription medicine used alone or with other medicines to treat:

It is not known if Klonopin is safe or effective in treating panic disorder in children younger than 18 years old.

Klonopin is a federal controlled substance (C-IV) because it can be abused or lead to dependence.

Klonopin is a benzodiazepine medicine. Benzodiazepines can cause severe drowsiness, breathing problems (respiratory depression), coma, and death when taken with opioid medicines. Klonopin can make you sleepy or dizzy and can slow your thinking and motor skills. This may get better over time.

What Drugs Interact With BuSpar?

BuSpar may interact with include monoamine inhibitors (MAOIs), trazodone, warfarin, erythromycin, itraconazole, nefazodone, and rifampin.

What Drugs Interact With Klonopin?

Klonopin may interact with cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, medicine for depression or anxiety, antibiotics, antifungal medicines, antidepressants, and barbiturates.

Klonopin may also interact with propantheline, MAO inhibitors, or medicines to treat psychiatric disorders.

Do not stop using Klonopin without first talking to your doctor, even if you feel fine. You may have increased seizures or unpleasant withdrawal symptoms if you stop using Klonopin suddenly.

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How Should BuSpar Be Taken?

BuSpar should be taken at the same time everyday. BuSpar should be taken either always with or always without food.

How Should Klonopin Be Taken?

Klonopin topping Klonopin suddenly can cause serious problems. Stopping Klonopin suddenly can cause seizures that will not stop (status epilepticus).

Klonopin can cause abuse and dependence.

Do not stop taking Klonopin all of a sudden. Stopping Klonopin suddenly can cause seizures that do not stop, hearing or seeing things that are not there (hallucinations), shaking, and stomach and muscle cramps.

Talk to your healthcare provider about slowly stopping Klonopin to avoid withdrawal symptoms.

Physical dependence is not the same as drug addiction. Your healthcare provider can tell you more about the differences between physical dependence and drug addiction.

Take Klonopin exactly as your healthcare provider tells you. If you take Klonopin for seizures, your healthcare provider may change the dose until you are taking the right amount of medicine to control your symptoms.

Klonopin is available as a tablet.

Do not stop taking Klonopin without first talking to your healthcare provider. Stopping Klonopin suddenly can cause serious problems.

Klonopin tablets should be taken with water and swallowed whole.

If you take too much Klonopin, call your healthcare provider or local Poison Control Center right away.

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References


FDA. BuSpar Drug Information.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2010/018731s051lbl.pdf


FDA. Klonopin Product Information.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2013/017533s053,020813s009lbl.pdf

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