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 499 254
Generalized anxiety disorder 378 203
Depressed mood 131 77
Panic attacks 32 14
Panic disorder 17 11
Social anxiety disorder 16 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
50
Mild
106
None
282

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Buspirone

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 22
Headaches 13
Brain fog 8
Dry mouth 8
Restlessness (akathisia) 7
Sleepiness 7

Show all 106 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Buspirone

Dosage Patients
10 mg twice daily 39
15 mg twice daily 32
10 mg three times daily 20
30 mg twice daily 20
15 mg three times daily 19
7.5 mg twice daily 15
30 mg daily 13
15 mg daily 11
5 mg three times daily 11
20 mg three times daily 10

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Why patients stopped taking Buspirone

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 119
Doctor's advice 73
Side effects too severe 53
Other 47
Course of treatment ended 12
Personal research 12
Expense 11
Change in health plan coverage 5
See all 252 patients who've stopped taking Buspirone

Duration

Currently taking Buspirone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 21
6 months - 1 year 26
1 - 2 years 52
2 - 5 years 98
5 - 10 years 41
10 years or more 20

Stopped taking Buspirone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 53
1 - 6 months 73
6 months - 1 year 34
1 - 2 years 37
2 - 5 years 43
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 318
Usually 105
Sometimes 17
Never taken as prescribed 25
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 18
Somewhat hard to take 39
A little hard to take 94
Not at all hard to take 314
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 1
$50-99 3
$25-49 6
< $25 254
Not specified 199

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Buspirone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 16
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 11
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 10
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 7
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 6

Show all 33 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Buspirone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 9
Alprazolam (Xanax) 5
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 3
Diazepam (Valium) 3
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 3

Show all 24 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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