Buspar Quick Facts

Buspar is a antianxiety drug used to treat Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

Generic Name: Buspirone

Primary Uses:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Other Uses:

  • Depression

Availability: 5mg, 10mg, 15mg, 30mg oral tablets

Contraindications: 

  • Concurrent use of MAO inhibitors
  • Severe liver or kidney dysfunction
  • Athsma or other respiratory impairment
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Pre-existing heart conditions
  • Glaucoma
  • Myasthenia Gravis

Side Effects:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Nervousness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Excitement

Serious Side Effects:

  • Serotonin Syndrome
  • Akathesia
  • Extrapyramidal symptoms
  • Tardive dyskinesia
  • Twitching
  • Hostility
  • Depression

Black Box Warnings: none

Metabolization: Liver
Excretion: Kidneys & Rectal
Half-Life: 2-3 hours

Withdrawal Effects: none

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buspirone

http://www.rxlist.com/buspar-drug/indications-dosage.htm

https://online.epocrates.com/u/10a465/BuSpar

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