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How is BuSpar Used in the Treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety Treatment and BuSpar


Updated May 16, 2014



BuSpar (buspirone hydrochloride) is used to treat anxiety disorders and for short-term relief from anxiety. BuSpar is not related chemically or pharmacologically to other anti-anxiety medications such as benzodiazepines or other sedatives. The effectiveness of BuSpar for treating generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) has been established.

How to Take BuSpar :


BuSpar tablets should be taken consistently either with food or without.

Dosage Guidelines:


The recommended starting dose of BuSpar is 7.5 mg twice daily. The dose may be increased by 5 mg every 2 to 3 days, with a maximum dose that generally does not exceed 60 mg.

Who Shouldn’t Take BuSpar :


Buspar (buspirone hydrochloride) should not be taken by those with a sensitivity to the drug, and should be used with caution in the face of compromised liver function or pre-existing medical conditions.

Medication Interactions:


BuSpar can potentially interact with numerous medications including monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). It is important that your doctor is aware of all other medications that you are currently taking. In addition, it is best to avoid using alcohol while taking BuSpar.

Side Effects:


A range of side effects are possible when taking Buspar, the most common being dizziness, nauseau, headache, nervousness, and lightheadedness.

Associated Risks:


Although BuSpar is less sedating than many other anxiety medications, use caution if driving, operating machinery, or participating in hazardous activities. There is little risk of physical or psychological dependence on BuSpar, and the risk of overdose is low.

Other Anxiety Medications:





Bristol-Myers Squibb. Buspar Patient Instruction Sheet. Accessed December 15, 2008.

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