BuSpar review

BuSpar, which is generically prescribed as buspirone, is commonly used to treat anxiety and patients who suffer the effects of anxiety attacks. BuSpar is a short term anti-anxiety medication aimed to rebalance chemicals in the brain that may attribute to severe anxiety and anxiety attacks.

BuSpar is not appropriate for everyone. A thorough medical history should be assessed prior to prescribing this medication. Patients with a medical history that includes liver disease, kidney disease, or has taken an MAO inhibitor within the previous 14 days should not take this medication or may require careful monitoring while undergoing drug therapy with BuSpar, depending on the condition and the severity of the condition. Patients who mix BuSpar with an MAO inhibitor in less than the given two week window may have serious life threatening reactions. This medication is not appropriate for children under the age of 18 years old.

The American Food and Drug Administration rated BuSpar as a pregnancy risk category B. BuSpar is not expected to cause harm or birth defects in unborn babies. It has yet to be determined whether or not BuSpar passes through the mother’s breast milk and affects an unborn baby. The prescribing physician should discuss whether the benefits outweigh the risks prior to prescribing this medication to a pregnant or nursing woman.

There is a risk of side effects associated with BuSpar, some of which are severe. A patient experiencing a serious side effect or an allergic reaction should seek immediate emergency medical attention. An allergic reaction will present with symptoms such as facial swelling, which includes swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, or throat, hives, and difficulty breathing. Other serious side effects which require emergency medical treatment include symptoms such as fainting, lightheadedness, fast heart rate, uneven heart rate, depression, mood changes, unusual thoughts or behavior, self harm, loss of balance, or lack of coordination.

Other less serious side effects typically do not require emergency medical care but should be reported to the prescribing physician. Patients should be encouraged to report all side effects. Less serious side effects include symptoms such as nausea, upset stomach, insomnia, trouble concentrating, restlessness, drowsiness, fatigue, dizziness, and blurry vision. Less serious side effects can often be reduced to a tolerable level by reducing the dosage of BuSpar.

BuSpar should be taken exactly as it has been prescribed by the physician. If the patient misses a dose, the dose should be taken as soon as it is remembered. However, if it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, the missed dose should be skipped to avoid the potential for an overdose. If an overdose is suspected, the patient should seek immediate emergency medical attention. An overdose will present with symptoms which include drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, blurry vision, and stomach pain.

There is a risk of negative drug interactions associated with BuSpar. A thorough medical history should be understood prior to prescribing this medication. Patients should be urged to inquire with the prescribing physician before taking any new medications, including over the counter medications and herbal remedies. Medications known to have negative interactions with BuSpar include medications that are known to cause drowsiness, medication used to treat psychiatric disorders, dexamethasone, erythromycin, itraconazole, ritonavir, rifampin, calcium channel blockers, seizure medications, and additional antibiotics.

Buspar has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of buspar

• Molecular formula of buspar is C21H31N5O2
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 8-[4-(4-pyrimidin-2-ylpiperazin-1-yl)butyl]-8-azaspiro[4.5]decane-7,9-dione
• Molecular weight is 385.503 g/mol
Buspar available : 5mg tablets, 10mg tablets, 15mg tablets, 30mg tablets

Generic name: Buspirone

Brand name(s): Ansial, Ansiced, Anxiron, Axoren, Bespar, Buspimen, Buspinol, Buspirona, Buspironum, Buspisal, Censpar, Lucelan, Narol, Travin

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