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Buspar For Anxiety Relief? 


Generic name: Buspirone Hydrochloride

busbarBuspar is a minor tranquilizer and anti-anxiety drug which has become very popular in providing anxiety relief.  Buspar is generally prescribed to treat certain anxiety disorders, and is also sometimes prescribed for the aches, pains, fatigue, and cramps of premenstrual symptom (PMS). However, this and other anti anxiety drugs are not usually used for anxiety or tension caused by the stress of everyday life. 

  Buspar: General information 

Buspar or buspirone hydrochloride has a potent anti anxiety effect and has been increasingly popular since its approval by the FDA for anxiety relief.  It has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for short-term anxiety relief but it may apparently be used safely for more than four weeks at a time, as contrasted to several other popular anti anxiety drugs.  The actual way that buspar works is not known at the present time, but has become popular due to the lack of addiction and other dangerous side effects usually associated with other anti anxiety drugs, such as the benzodiazepines. It is thought to work by decreasing the amount and actions of a chemical known as serotonin in certain parts of the brain. It is not believed to severely depress the nervous system nor act as an anticonvulsant or muscle relaxant, as other anti anxiety drugs do.  Minor improvement will be apparent usually after about 7 - 10 days of the initiation of drug treatment, but its maximum effect usually does not occur for approximately 3 to four weeks. This anxiety medication is only available by doctor's prescription in an oral form (tablets) in both the United States and Canada. 


Busbar: Special Precautions and Warnings: 

You should never take Buspar if you have ever had any history of an allergic response or sensitivity to this anti anxiety drug.  It should be used cautiously by people with liver or kidney disease.  It does not have any antipsychotic effects and should not be taken for symptoms of psychosis.  Although it has never been shown to have potential for drug abuse, you should be aware of this possibility. If you will be using Buspar for a prolonged period of time, your doctor should check your progress at regular visits to make sure the medicine does not cause unwanted effects or side effects.

Some information from Consumer Reports Consumer Drug Reference

Additional Information and webpage by Paul Susic  MA Licensed Psychologist   Ph.D. Candidate  (Health and Geriatric Psychologist)  

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