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 638 306
Generalized anxiety disorder 538 255
Depressed mood 188 102
Panic attacks 40 17
Panic disorder 19 12

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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 32
Moderate 58
Mild 119
None 349

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Buspirone

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dizziness 26
Headaches 15
Brain fog 9
Dry mouth 9
Anxious mood 8
Restlessness (akathisia) 8

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Buspirone

Dosage Patients Percentage
15 mg twice daily 14
30 mg twice daily 10
30 mg daily 9
15 mg three times daily 8
5 mg twice daily 7
10 mg twice daily 6
10 mg three times daily 6
20 mg three times daily 6
5 mg three times daily 3
7.5 mg twice daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Buspirone

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 133
Doctor's advice 78
Side effects too severe 64
Other 52
Course of treatment ended 18
Personal research 14
Expense 12
Change in health plan coverage 7
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Duration

Currently taking Buspirone

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 29
5 - 10 years 28
10 years or more 18

Stopped taking Buspirone

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 56
1 - 6 months 77
6 months - 1 year 36
1 - 2 years 41
2 - 5 years 47
5 - 10 years 11
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 384
Usually 121
Sometimes 24
Never taken as prescribed 29
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 23
Somewhat hard to take 45
A little hard to take 116
Not at all hard to take 374
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 2
$50-99 3
$25-49 8
< $25 287
Not specified 256

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Buspirone after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Alprazolam (Xanax) 21
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 16
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 14
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 9
Bupropion (Wellbutrin) 6

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Patients stopped taking Buspirone and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 15
Alprazolam (Xanax) 8
Lorazepam (Ativan) 6
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 6
Bupropion (Wellbutrin) 5

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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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