What do buspirone tablets do?
BUSPIRONE (Buspar(R)) helps to relieve certain states of anxiety. It is chemically different from other medicines that treat anxiety and has very little effect on mental alertness. Buspirone does not produce dependency problems. Generic buspirone tablets are available.
What should my health care professional know before I take buspirone?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
• if you are currently receiving other medications for the treatment of anxiety
• liver disease
• kidney disease
• an unusual or allergic reaction to buspirone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
• pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I take this medicine?
Take buspirone tablets by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the tablets with a drink of water. You may take this medicine with or without food. However, to ensure that buspirone always works the same way for you, you should take buspirone either always with or always without food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What other medicines can interact with buspirone?
• grapefruit juice (avoid drinking large amounts of grapefruit juice)
• medicines called MAO inhibitors-phenelzine (Nardil(R)), tranylcypromine (Parnate(R)), isocarboxazid (Marplan(R)), selegiline (Eldepryl(R))
• medicines for pain, like codiene or tramadol
• medicines for sleep
• other medications for anxiety
• various medicines for mental depression or mood problems, like citalopram, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, nefazodone, paroxetine, sertraline, trazodone or venlafaxine
• warfarin (rare)
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from taking buspirone?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
• blurred vision or other vision changes
• difficulty breathing
• chest pain
• feelings of hostility or anger
• muscle aches and pains
• numbness or tingling in hands or feet
• ringing in the ears
• skin rash and itching (hives)
• sore throat
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
• disturbed dreams, nightmares
• nasal congestion
• restlessness or nervousness
• stomach upset