Buspirone Hydrochloride is an anti-anxiety drug that treats anxiety symptoms like increased heartbeat, dizziness, fear, irritability, tension and other related symptoms. It works by increasing serotonin production in certain parts of the brain. Serotonin is responsible for regulating anxiety, happiness and stabilizing the mood.
How to use Buspirone
You can only use this medicine under a doctor’s prescription. The buspirone tablets can be taken with or without food. The recommended dosage for adults is 15 mg in a day. This is twice a day or every 12 hours. For buspirone hydrochloride – 10mg, that means one and a half tablet or 7.5mg per dose. The tablets have engraved lines to break the tablet and take the right dose. 15mg daily is, however, the recommended initial dosage, and dosage can be increased by 5mg every 2 to 3 days to the desired amount. Children between 6 and 18 years should start with 2.5 to 10mg and get 2.5mg increments every two to three days. Basically, maximum daily dosage ought to be 60mg although the majority of patients use 20 to 30mg daily.
The doctor can start with a lower dose and increase it as they monitor your progress. You should follow the dosage to the letter and increase or decrease it as instructed by the doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can or skip the dose if it’s close to your next dose. Buspirone Hydrochloride should not be used as a substitute for anti-psychotic medicine since it only works for anxiety.
Buspirone Side Effects
Buspirone has some possible side effects including nausea, lightheadedness, headache, excitement, sleeplessness, nervousness and an upset stomach. Other serious side effects are shortness of breath and chest pain. Call your doctor if these symptoms become persistent, but if you feel like they are life-threatening, call an ambulance.
In case you have an allergy to Buspirone Hydrochloride or similar anti-anxiety drugs, notify the doctor in advance. If you have an allergic reaction, e.g., swelling of the tongue, throat, lips and face and difficulty in breathing; call an ambulance immediately for emergency medication. This drug reacts negatively with other drugs. Patients can feel drowsy/ sleepy or have slow breathing when Buspirone is taken with sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, narcotic pain medicine, other anxiety drugs, antidepressants, and seizure medication. Inform your doctor if you are taking any of these or any other medication including over the counter drugs. Buspirone can impair thinking, and extra caution should be taken when driving or operating machinery. Alcohol is discouraged because it increases certain side effects. Be cautious of taking grapefruit juice or grapefruits and discuss these products with your physician to avoid unwanted side effects.