Buspar is used in the treatment of Anxiety disorders
How it Works
Buspar is an anxiolytic that works by modifiying the activity of various neurotransmitters in the brain so as to provide relief from anxiety. Buspar is different from other anxiolytic agents due to the fact that it doesn`t act as an anticonvulsant or muscle relaxant. The active ingredient in belongs to the azapirone class of chemicals which is known to act on the serotonin receptors. Buspar works by decreasing neurotransmitter activity in the brain which relieves anxiety.
Common Side effects
Patients who take Buspar may suffer from such side effects; Insomnia, Nausea, Diarrhea, Headaches, Feeling lightheadedness, Dry mouth, Sleepiness
Buspirone HCl is one of the most effective anti-anxiety drugs found in the market but it doesn't belong to the typical anti-anxiety family of benzodiazepines or barbiturates. It is a novel drug that has proved to be effective in managing anxiety disorders and it is being regularly prescribed alone or in combination with other agents.
For most medical purposes, this drug is used to help reduce moderate levels of anxiety. It is also used for the short term removal of anxiety. In some countries, this drug is combined with anti-depressants to further help in enhancing the mood of patients suffering from anxiety problems. Newer studies have also proved that the drug is helpful in helping patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This drug has also been used in managing motor tension and manifestations, autonomic hyperactivity, and apprehensive problems related with performance.
Dosage and administration
The dosage in which this drug is given to patients suffering from anxiety can be in 5 mg, 10 mg or 15 mg according to the requirements. Usually, mild to moderate cases respond to 5 or 10 mg tablets on a daily basis for a week or so. It is also not necessary for prolonged treatment of anxiety disorders, except when in combination therapies with anti-depressants. Taken orally, the tablets are sufficiently effective for anxiety problems in many patients.
Any history of hypersensitive reactions to this drug must be informed to the prescribing physician.Patients must also inform the prescribing physician if they are currently or were previously on a prescribed drug regimen.It shouldn't be administered for antipsychotic treatments as independent drugs.This drug may interfere with certain brain functions hence driving and similar activities must not be done.Sometimes, drug dependency can occur for which the drug should be withdrawn or not prescribed with depression nervous system drugs.Pregnant women shouldn't be given the drug.It is always best to consult with the doctor in case of any doubts.
There are side effects when using this drug but not all of them need withdrawal or discontinuation of the drug. Many side effects associated with the consumption of the drug are: Dizziness/ lightheadednessHeadachesSomnolencePremature ejaculationSome of the more serious side effects are:Sleep disturbancesHypotensionPruritusRednessMuscle spasmsInvoluntary movementsCNS and some muscular problems Please consult the doctor immediately if you experience any of the side effects and the doctor will determine the next course of action.