Buspar (Buspirone) is used to treat anxiety disorders or to relieve the symptoms of anxiety such as fear, tension, irritability, dizziness, pounding heartbeat, and other physical symptoms. This medication is not used for anxiety or tension caused by the stress of everyday life. Buspar is not an anti-psychotic medication and should not be used in place of medication prescribed by your doctor for mental illness. Buspar works by affecting different chemicals in the brain, especially the dopamine receptors, that may be unbalanced in people with anxiety. By balancing these chemicals, Buspar can reduce many symptoms of anxiety and improve the overall quality of your life.
The brand Buspar is currently not available. The generic alternative Buspirone is available from Canada manufactured by a different manufacturer in the dosage of 10 mg tablets.
The common side effects of Buspar include headache, dizziness, or drowsiness, sleep problems, nausea or upset stomach, or feeling nervous or excited. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any serious side effects such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or light-headedness. If you notice any signs of an allergic reaction, seek emergency medical attention.
You should not use Buspar if you are allergic to Buspirone, or if you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) in the past 14 days, such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, or methylene blue injection. To make sure Buspar is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. This medication is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old, and if it is being used in adolescents, it must be under close medical supervision. This medication can impair your thinking or reactions. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how this medication affects you. Drinking alcohol may increase certain side effects of Buspar.
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