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 542 298
Generalized anxiety disorder 437 246
Depressed mood 156 95
Panic attacks 35 17
Panic disorder 17 12
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 113
None 339

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
10 mg twice daily 17
15 mg twice daily 14
15 mg three times daily 14
30 mg twice daily 11
5 mg twice daily 8
10 mg three times daily 7
20 mg three times daily 7
7.5 mg twice daily 6
30 mg daily 6
10 mg daily 5

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Why patients stopped taking Buspirone

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 125
Doctor's advice 76
Side effects too severe 58
Other 48
Course of treatment ended 17
Personal research 13
Expense 11
Change in health plan coverage 6
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Duration

Currently taking Buspirone

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 49
5 - 10 years 25
10 years or more 19

Stopped taking Buspirone

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 55
1 - 6 months 76
6 months - 1 year 35
1 - 2 years 40
2 - 5 years 47
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 372
Usually 117
Sometimes 24
Never taken as prescribed 27
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 21
Somewhat hard to take 44
A little hard to take 110
Not at all hard to take 365
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 2
$50-99 3
$25-49 6
< $25 281
Not specified 246

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Buspirone after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Alprazolam (Xanax) 19
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 12
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 11
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 8
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 6

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Patients stopped taking Buspirone and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 11
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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