BUSPAR DRUG INFO
The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute
for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or
other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate
that use of this particular drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.
Be sure to consult with your healthcare professional before using this drug.
BUSPIRONE - ORAL (byou-SPY-rown)
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Buspar
USES: Buspirone is used to relieve
nervousness, anxiety and tension.
OTHER USES: This medication may
also be used for premenstrual syndrome, otherwise known as PMS.
HOW TO USE: Take Buspirone 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 will 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 Buspirone to become evident.
SIDE EFFECTS: This medication 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.
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking Buspirone,
tell your doctor your medical history especially: kidney or liver
disease, any 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 Buspar is excreted into breast milk. Consult
your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Before taking
Do not take Buspirone if you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) during the last 2 weeks. Severely high blood pressure may occur if buspirone is taken with a monoamine oxidase inhibitor.
Before taking Buspirone, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines: nefazodone (Serzone), itraconazole (Sporanox), erythromycin (E-Mycin, E.E.S., Ery-Tab, Eryc, others); or ,selegiline (Eldepryl).
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected,
contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness,
and decreased pupil size.
NOTES: Do not share this medication
MISSED DOSE: Take any missed dose of Buspar / Buspirone
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.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature
and keep away from moisture and sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom.