Buspar

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What is Buspar?

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Buspar« (buspirone) is a prescription drug most commonly used to relieve generalized anxiety disorder. Symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder include fear and anxiousness. Scientists believe Buspar« relieves anxiety symptoms by reducing levels of a chemical called serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a monoamine neurotransmitter thought to be a contributor to feelings of happiness as well as some cognitive functions including memory and learning in the brain. Because of its ability to reduce serotonin, Buspar« has been used as an augmentation for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) therapy to help reduce depression.

Buspar« usage

It is important that you take Buspar« exactly as your doctor prescribes it. Patients generally show improvement within one to two weeks after starting to take Buspar«. Avoid alcohol and use caution when taking other medicines that can cause drowsiness. If you miss a dose, do not take two doses together unless advised by your healthcare provider. You can take Buspar« with or without food.

Buspar« side effects

The most commonly reported side effects of Buspar« include nausea, dizziness, headache, excitement, nervousness and lightheadedness. Less common side effects are abnormal movement like restlessness or uncontrolled movements of muscles in the face or neck. Should you experience any of these uncommon side effects, contact your physician. However, compared with most other common anti-anxiety drugs, Buspar« is less likely to cause physical dependence.

Read more about generalized anxiety disorder in our Health Encyclopedia.

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