What is Buspirone?

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Buspirone is an antianxiety agent used for the management of generalized anxiety disorder. Off label it is 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 459 231
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 300 169
Depressed mood 107 62
Panic attacks 32 14
Social Anxiety Disorder 15 11
Panic Disorder 14 9

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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
Severe 23
Moderate 46
Mild 93
None 244

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Buspirone

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 24
Headaches 11
Brain fog 9
Dry mouth 6
Sleepiness 6
Anxious mood 5

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Buspirone

Dosage Patients
10 mg twice daily 32
15 mg twice daily 27
10 mg three times daily 18
30 mg daily 15
30 mg twice daily 15
7.5 mg twice daily 14
5 mg three times daily 12
15 mg three times daily 12
5 mg twice daily 9
5 mg daily 7

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Why patients stopped taking Buspirone

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 109
Doctor's advice 63
Side effects too severe 47
Other 43
Course of treatment ended 13
Personal research 12
Expense 9
Change in health plan coverage 4
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Duration

Currently taking Buspirone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 35
6 months - 1 year 37
1 - 2 years 39
2 - 5 years 62
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 16

Stopped taking Buspirone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 44
1 - 6 months 69
6 months - 1 year 35
1 - 2 years 35
2 - 5 years 38
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 281
Usually 90
Sometimes 15
Never taken as prescribed 20
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 14
Somewhat hard to take 36
A little hard to take 82
Not at all hard to take 274
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 5
< $25 223
Not specified 173

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Buspirone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 12
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 9
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 9
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 6
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 5

Show all 30 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Buspirone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 9
Alprazolam (Xanax) 5
Diazepam (Valium) 3
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 2
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 2

Show all 21 treatments patients report switching to

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21 patient evaluations for Buspirone

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CupcakeKitten
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CupcakeKitten
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Severe
25 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
Borderline Personality

See CupcakeKitten's full Buspirone history

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
exegesisClique
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exegesisClique
Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 1
Mania: 1
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Moderate
38 M
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
GAD

See exegesisClique's full Buspirone history

Apr 7, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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kschu
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kschu
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Moderate
Sensation: None
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See kschu's full Buspirone history

Jan 2, 2015 (Started Oct 15, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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