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what are effects of buspar (buspirone)?

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Dr. John Moranville
35 years experience Psychiatry
Anti-anxiety: Buspar (buspirone) aka Buspirone is used to treat anxiety. Most common side effects are nausea, sedation, dizziness, headace, and in some cases excitement or restlessness.
Answered on May 18, 2015
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Well tolerated: I agree with dr. Moranville. My patients have tolerated Buspar (buspirone) exceptionally well. The most common side effect they have reported is dizziness. Other potential side effects can include: headache, feeling tired, ringing of ears, paradoxical feelings of restlessness or anxiety, blurring of vision, nausea, GI upset, dry mouth & congestion. Priapism would be a very rare but serious side effect.
Answered on Mar 5, 2020
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
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I have also seen a few patients who reported symptoms consistent with postural hypotension. If you develop chest pain, difficulty breathing or swelling of tongue, lips, face or throat call 911.
Apr 7, 2013
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Buspar (buspirone): Mainly headaches and stomach upset. Some anxiety ay high dose.
Answered on Apr 3, 2015
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Dr. Eric Weisman
35 years experience Neurology
Its a good idea to check the BP when adjusting doses too. (adrenergic action of Buspar)
Apr 3, 2015
Dr. Enrique Madrigal-segura
53 years experience Psychiatry
Buspar might be a good medication for certain anxiety disorder, if there are no panic attacks reported (for example, Generalized Anxiety Disorder). I agree it has to be tapered up to higher doses, even 30 mg twice a day and the therapeutic benefits cannot be usually expected before at least two weeks.
Apr 3, 2015

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