If you suffer from anxiety, your doctor may recommend that you start taking Buspirone.
This medication works on the chemicals of the brain which cause anxiety when they are unbalanced (serotonin and dopamine).
When Buspar is taken, symptoms such as drowsiness, a pounding heartbeat, tension and dizziness may decrease or disappear completely.
Before you take this medication, there are many things you need to be aware of. The following is a quick summary of facts found relating to Buspirone.
- Buspirone was produced by Bristol Myers Squibb and branded Buspar.
- In 1986 it was approved by the FDA
- Buspar Side Effects are minimal. See details listed in the Buspar Side Effects article.
- This drug works by actively changing the serotonin and dopamine levels in the body
- Buspar is not addictive
- There are no withdrawal symptoms
- This medication is recommended for those with mild to moderate anxiety
- Not effective enough for severe anxiety, depression or panic attacks
- Generic version is relatively inexpensive
- If you drink alcohol, you must let your doctor know when he prescribes Buspar. Alcohol can affect the liver and your doctor may want to run extra tests before allowing you to take this medication. Do not drink alcohol while using this drug either. Your thinking and reactions may be impaired when you take this drug and alcohol can increase the effects.
- If you are pregnant, your doctor must be aware of this before prescribing Buspirone. This medication has not been shown to harm an unborn baby, but your doctor may wish to be cautious and recommend something else.
- If you are nursing, your doctor needs to be aware of this also as it has not been determined whether or not the medication can be passed on to the nursing baby.
- For those with liver disease, if prescribed this medication, lab tests may need to be done. These test will check the functioning of your liver and kidneys. In addition, a complete blood count may need to be done to check for side effects and monitor progress. Even if you do not have liver disease, if you are an alcoholic or have a history or drug use, let your doctor know for the same reason.
- No interactions have been shown between Buspirone and Xanax. This does not mean they may not interact. It is best to discuss with your doctor any and all medications you are taking.
- If you have bipolar disorder, also referred to as manic-depression, you need to let your doctor know this when he or she prescribes Buspirone. Buspar is most often used for cases of general anxiety.
- The risk of high blood pressure increases when Buspirone is taken in conjunction with an MAO inhibitor. These two medications should not be prescribed together as a result. Let your doctor know if you are taking an MAO inhibitor as you will have to remain off of this medication for a period of time before Buspirone may be taken.
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