BuSpar is produced in the general form of buspirone hydrochloride (HCL), a drug sometimes used to treat anxiety and enhance antidepressants. If you have anxiety related to bipolar disorder, your psychiatrist may prescribe anti-anxiety medications and mood stabilizers. If you have anxiety, buspirone HCL is one of several medication options.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the BuSpar brand for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder and other anxiety disorders, Which includes physical symptoms of anxiety, including tremors, nervousness, dizziness, sweating, dry mouth, inattention, insomnia, and excessive worry.
After the expiration of the patent, the production of the branded product BuSpar ceased, but the generic buspirone HCL is available. The drug is taken orally and comes in 5 mg, 7.5 mg, 10 mg and 15 mg tablets.
Buspirone HCL for anxiety
In general, buspirone HCL is not considered an effective anti-anxiety drug, and it cannot immediately relieve anxiety like a sedative.
On the contrary, it has a mild sedative effect. When there is a reason to avoid using benzodiazepines, a prescription may be prescribed. After you take the medication regularly for several weeks, the anti-anxiety effect may begin to work. Buspirone HCL is believed to have anxiolytic effects because it interacts with the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine.of
If you have bipolar disorder, using buspirone HCL may improve your anxiety, but you may not experience improvement.Some people with bipolar disorder report that it is effective for anxiety, while others say that it has little effect on their anxiety symptoms.
Buspirone HCL has many side effects. Before taking any medicine, you should be familiar with the side effects. If you experience side effects, please tell your doctor.
Common side effects of buspirone include:
Less common side effects include:
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth
Rare side effects may include:
- Abnormal action
Buspirone HCL and mania
There are few reports in the medical literature that buspirone hydrochloride can cause mania, which is characterized by excess energy, irritability, rush of thoughts, insomnia, and sometimes impulsivity.
Monoamine oxidase inhibitor
Buspirone HCL should not be used in combination with antidepressants that are considered to be monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors because the combination can cause serious side effects called serotonin syndrome.Serotonin syndrome is characterized by agitation, cardiac instability, tremor, and delirium. This is a dangerous side effect, and if you experience any of these symptoms, or if you observe these symptoms in other people, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Some MAO inhibitors include Nardil (phenelzine), Eldepryl (selegiline), Parnate (tranylcypromine), Marplan (isocarboxazid). If your medicine is prescribed by the same doctor, or you bought it from the same pharmacy, you can avoid these types of dangerous interactions because you may receive warnings about interactions. If you buy medicines from different pharmacies, be sure to provide a list of the medicines you take in each pharmacy.