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Buspar: What do you really need to know? 

Busbar Overview:

busbarWhen taking buspar or similar anti anxiety drugs, the risk of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it may possibly do.  This is a decision you and your physician will need to make.  Before starting Buspar, the following factors should be considered: 

Busbar: Allergies and reactions: 

You should tell your physician if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reactions to buspar.  Also, you should tell your healthcare professional if you have ever been allergic to any other substances such as foods, preservatives or dyes. 

Pregnancy: 

Buspar has not been studied for use with pregnant women.  However, this anti anxiety drug has not been shown to cause birth defects or other problems in animal studies. 

Breast-feeding: 

It has not been determined whether Busbar passes into the breast milk of humans. 

Children: 

Studies of this anti anxiety drug have been done only in adult patients, and it has not been determined whether buspar should be used in children under the age of 18, and may be compared to other age groups. 

 

Busbar and Older adults: 

This anti anxiety drug has only been tested in a limited number of older adults and has not been shown to cause different side effects than those experienced by younger adults. 

Other medicines: 

Although in some cases, certain medications should not be used together at all, in other cases two medications may be taken together even if an interaction might occur.  In these cases your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be taken as necessary.  If you are taking buspar, it is very important that your healthcare professional know if you're taking any of the following medications: 

  • Erythromycin

  • Itraconazole (e.g. Sporanox) -higher blood levels of buspar may occur, increase the chance of side effects.  Your physician may want to change the dosage of this anti anxiety medication.

  • Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIís) (Marplan, Nardil, Parnate) taking buspar when your taking monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors may cause high blood pressure.

Other medical problems: 

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of buspar.  Make sure you tell your doctor if you of any of the foloowing medical problems especially: 

  • Kidney disease

  • Liver disease-buspar may be removed from your body more slowly, which may increase the chance of side effects.  Your physician may need to adjust your dosage.

Some information from Consumer Reports Consumer Drug Reference

Additional Information and webpage by Paul Susic  MA Licensed Psychologist   Ph.D. Candidate  ( Health and Geriatric Psychologist )  

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