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Buspar

BuSpar (Buspirone) is an anxiolytic medicine, used to reduce fear, tension and anxiety associated with anxiety disorders. Buspirone affects the chemicals in your brain that may have become unbalanced and are causing anxiety.

Generic Buspar may also be marketed as: Ansial, Anxiron, Buspinol, Buspirone, Censpar.

*BuSpar® is manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb

Uses

Generic BuSpar (buspirone) is an anti-anxiety medicine that affects chemicals in your brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety. Generic BuSpar is used to treat symptoms of anxiety, such as fear, tension, irritability, dizziness, pounding heartbeat, and other physical symptoms.

How to take

Take Generic BuSpar exactly as it was prescribed for you. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Generic BuSpar 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 Generic BuSpar with or without food but take it the same way each time.

Side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Generic BuSpar: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • chest pain;
  • feeling short or breath; or
  • feeling like you might pass out.

Other common Generic BuSpar side effects may 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.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.

Precautions

This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of Generic BuSpar.

Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with Generic BuSpar and lead to unwanted side effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor.

Drug interactions

Cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression or anxiety can add to sleepiness caused by Generic BuSpar.

Tell your doctor about all medications you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with Generic BuSpar, especially:

  • bosentan (Tracleer);
  • cimetidine (Tagamet);
  • conivaptan (Vaprisol);
  • dexamethasone (Cortastat, Dexasone, Solurex, DexPak);
  • haloperidol (Haldol);
  • nefazodone;
  • St. John's wort;
  • an antibiotic such as clarithromycin (Biaxin), erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin, Pediazole), rifabutin (Mycobutin), rifampin (Rifadin, Rifater, Rifamate), rifapentine (Priftin), or telithromycin (Ketek);
  • antifungal medication such as itraconazole (Sporanox), ketoconazole (Nizoral), posaconazole (Noxafil), or voriconazole (Vfend);
  • a barbiturate such as butabarbital (Butisol), secobarbital (Seconal), pentobarbital (Nembutal), or phenobarbital (Solfoton);
  • heart or blood pressure medication such as diltiazem (Tiazac, Cartia, Cardizem) or verapamil (Calan, Covera, Isoptin, Verelan); or
  • the hepatitis C medications boceprevir (Victrelis) or telaprevir (Incivek);
  • HIV/AIDS medication such as efavirenz (Sustiva, Atripla), etravirine (Intelence), indinavir (Crixivan), nelfinavir (Viracept), nevirapine (Viramune), ritonavir (Norvir, Kaletra), or saquinavir (Invirase);
  • medicines to treat narcolepsy, such as armodafinil (Nuvigil) or modafinil (Progivil); or
  • seizure medication such as carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Equetro, Tegretol), felbamate (Felbatol), oxcarbazepine (Trileptal), phenytoin (Dilantin), or primidone (Mysoline).

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with Generic BuSpar, including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products.

Missed dose
Take any missed dose 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, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Avoid storing at temperatures above 86 degrees F (30 degrees C). Keep out of the reach of children and away from pets.