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 517 269
Generalized anxiety disorder 402 218
Depressed mood 139 82
Panic attacks 32 14
Panic disorder 17 11

Show all 108 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 27
Moderate 52
Mild 107
None 302

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Buspirone

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 21
Headaches 14
Brain fog 8
Anxious mood 7
Dry mouth 7
Restlessness (akathisia) 7

Show all 89 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Buspirone

Dosage Patients
10 mg twice daily 31
15 mg three times daily 25
30 mg twice daily 22
15 mg twice daily 21
10 mg three times daily 18
5 mg three times daily 11
20 mg three times daily 9
5 mg twice daily 8
7.5 mg twice daily 8
30 mg daily 8

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Why patients stopped taking Buspirone

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 120
Doctor's advice 76
Side effects too severe 54
Other 47
Course of treatment ended 13
Personal research 12
Expense 11
Change in health plan coverage 5
See all 256 patients who've stopped taking Buspirone

Duration

Currently taking Buspirone

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 24
6 months - 1 year 21
1 - 2 years 39
2 - 5 years 78
5 - 10 years 40
10 years or more 21

Stopped taking Buspirone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 53
1 - 6 months 73
6 months - 1 year 35
1 - 2 years 37
2 - 5 years 45
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 335
Usually 108
Sometimes 20
Never taken as prescribed 25
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 18
Somewhat hard to take 41
A little hard to take 99
Not at all hard to take 330
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 1
$50-99 3
$25-49 6
< $25 263
Not specified 213

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Buspirone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 16
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 12
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 11
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 8
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 6

Show all 37 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Buspirone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 10
Alprazolam (Xanax) 5
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 3
Diazepam (Valium) 3
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 3

Show all 26 treatments patients report switching to

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23 patient evaluations for Buspirone

Jan 13, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious 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

Apr 27, 2016 (Started Mar 29, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for social anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for shortness of breath (dyspnea))
  • Effectiveness
    None (for panic attacks)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for irritability)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for avoidant personality disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for anger)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: I feel like this is nothing but a "sugar" pill. A placebo. It doesn't work for crap.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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