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 510 267
Generalized anxiety disorder 390 214
Depressed mood 137 80
Panic attacks 32 14
Panic disorder 18 12
Social anxiety disorder 16 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
Severe 27
Moderate 51
Mild 106
None 297

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Buspirone

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 22
Headaches 14
Brain fog 8
Dry mouth 7
Restlessness (akathisia) 7
Anxious mood 6

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Buspirone

Dosage Patients
10 mg twice daily 33
15 mg twice daily 27
15 mg three times daily 24
10 mg three times daily 22
30 mg twice daily 19
15 mg daily 11
20 mg three times daily 11
7.5 mg twice daily 10
5 mg three times daily 9
30 mg daily 9

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Why patients stopped taking Buspirone

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 119
Doctor's advice 75
Side effects too severe 54
Other 46
Course of treatment ended 13
Personal research 13
Expense 11
Change in health plan coverage 5
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Duration

Currently taking Buspirone

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 24
6 months - 1 year 29
1 - 2 years 41
2 - 5 years 89
5 - 10 years 36
10 years or more 21

Stopped taking Buspirone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 54
1 - 6 months 72
6 months - 1 year 35
1 - 2 years 37
2 - 5 years 45
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 331
Usually 107
Sometimes 18
Never taken as prescribed 25
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 18
Somewhat hard to take 41
A little hard to take 97
Not at all hard to take 325
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 1
$50-99 3
$25-49 6
< $25 258
Not specified 211

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 36 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 25 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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