What is Buspirone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Buspirone is an antianxiety agent used for the management of generalized anxiety disorder. It may also be used for the management of aggression in mental retardation and secondary mental disorders; major depression; as a potential augmenting agent for antidepressants; and premenstrual syndrome.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Anxious mood 537 294
Generalized anxiety disorder 427 242
Depressed mood 152 93
Panic attacks 35 17
Social anxiety disorder 17 11

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 31
Moderate 57
Mild 112
None 332

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Buspirone

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dizziness 23
Headaches 14
Brain fog 9
Anxious mood 8
Dry mouth 8
Drowsiness 7

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Buspirone

Dosage Patients Percentage
15 mg three times daily 18
10 mg twice daily 16
15 mg twice daily 12
30 mg twice daily 10
10 mg daily 7
7.5 mg twice daily 7
10 mg three times daily 7
30 mg daily 7
20 mg three times daily 7
20 mg twice daily 6

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Why patients stopped taking Buspirone

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 122
Doctor's advice 75
Side effects too severe 57
Other 47
Course of treatment ended 15
Personal research 13
Expense 11
Change in health plan coverage 6
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Duration

Currently taking Buspirone

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 25
2 - 5 years 48
5 - 10 years 34
10 years or more 18

Stopped taking Buspirone

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 54
1 - 6 months 73
6 months - 1 year 35
1 - 2 years 40
2 - 5 years 46
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 368
Usually 114
Sometimes 23
Never taken as prescribed 27
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 21
Somewhat hard to take 43
A little hard to take 108
Not at all hard to take 360
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 2
$50-99 3
$25-49 6
< $25 275
Not specified 244

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Buspirone after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Alprazolam (Xanax) 19
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 12
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 12
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 8
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 6

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Patients stopped taking Buspirone and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 10
Alprazolam (Xanax) 6
Diazepam (Valium) 4
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 3
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 3

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24 patient evaluations for Buspirone

Feb 8, 2019 (Started Dec 09, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 13, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 7, 2017 (Started May 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Twice daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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