buspirone HCl

By Bristol-Myers Squibb

What is this medication for?

Buspirone is used for the short-term relief of excessive anxiety for people with generalized anxiety disorder. Buspirone is not used for everyday anxiety and stress or long-term use without the advice of the doctor.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

What form(s) does this medication come in?

Buspar® is no longer being manufactured for sale in the USA.

Some medications may have other generic brands available. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of switching between brands of the same medication.

How should I use this medication?

The recommended adult dose starts at 7.5 mg twice daily with the daily dose increased by 5 mg every 2 to 3 days, if needed. The total dose must not exceed 60 mg daily taken in 2 to 3 divided doses.

While buspirone may be taken with or without food, it should be taken at the same time each day. This means that it should be consistently taken always with or always without food.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not take this medication if you are allergic to buspirone or any ingredients of the medication.

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