BuSpar, is an anxiolytic drug that is primarily used to treat generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). It is also commonly used to augment antidepressants in the treatment of major depressive disorder. Unlike most anxiolytics, the pharmacology of buspirone is not related to that of benzodiazepines, barbiturates, or carbamates (it is not a GABA receptor analog), and so buspirone does not carry the risk of physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms for which those drug classes are known. Buspirone is not considered to be a drug-of-abuse, is safer in overdose than traditional anxiolytics, and is significantly less impairing at therapeutic doses.
How to use Buspar Tablet
Take this medication by mouth, usually 2 or 3 times a day or as directed by your doctor. You may take this medication with or without food, but it is important to choose one way and always take it the same way so that the amount of drug absorbed will always be the same.
Buspirone may come in a tablet that can be split to get the correct dose for you. Follow the manufacturer’s Patient Instruction Sheet or ask your pharmacist how to split the tablet to get your dose.
Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while taking this medication unless your doctor or pharmacist says you may do so safely. Grapefruit can increase the chance of side effects with this medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day. When this medication is started, symptoms of anxiety (e.g., restlessness) may sometimes get worse before they improve. It may take up to a month or more to get the full effect of this medication.
Inform your doctor if your symptoms persist or worsen.
Buspirone comes in tablets of 5, 10, 15, or 30 milligrams (mg).
The tablets have a scored mark down the middle so you can split a pill in half if necessary.
A typical dose starts at 7.5 mg every 12 hours. Your doctor may increase your daily dose by 5 mg every few days if needed.
An average daily dose is 20 to 30 mg a day in divided doses. The maximum daily dose is 60 mg.
Always take buspirone at the same time each day, with or without food.
An overdose of buspirone may cause:
If an overdose occurs, call a poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
If you or someone else has any severe symptoms after an overdose, call 911.
Missed Dose of Buspirone
Take buspirone exactly as directed by your doctor.
Don’t stop taking buspirone on your own. It may take a few weeks to feel the full effect.
If you miss a dose of buspirone, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it’s almost time for your next regular dose, however, skip the missed dose.
Don’t double your dose to make up for the missed one.