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Buspirone, an anxiolytic, is a custom drug that is prescribed for anxiety patients. As an anxiolytic it plays a role in balancing neurotransmitters in the brain and often offers anxiety sufferers some relief from their troubling symptoms such as excessive worry, jittery nervousness, sweating, difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep, pounding heartbeat and more.

How to Use Buspirone

Buspirone is to be taken orally two, possibly three times per day as prescribed by your physician. Buspirone can be taken with food, or without. Consistency of schedule is important with dosage so try to find a schedule that works with you, in accordance with your physician's instructions, and follow that exactly. Consult with your compounding pharmacist if you have additional questions after you begin taking buspirone.

Possible Side Effects

Some patients may experience one or more side effects, though it is certainly possible that other patients will experience no side effects at all. Common side effects seen with buspirone are:

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Nervousness

If any of the above or other side effects are experienced seek medical assistance if you feel it is warranted, or if any side effects are increasing in overall intensity and/or are lingering/not going away.


It is a good rule of thumb to consult with your primary physician before beginning use of any medication as it is important for them to understand your medical history and be aware of any medications that you are currently using. Buspirone may be contraindicated for patients with the following conditions, check with your physician:

  • Severe Liver Disease
  • Severe Renal Impairment

If you experience any of the following rare but possibly severe side effects, seek medical help right away:

  • Shortness of Breath
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Fast Heartbeat
  • Chest Pain
  • Bleeding and/or Bruising
  • Depression
  • Numbness, Pain, or Tingling in the Feet or Hands
  • Stiffness
  • Fever
  • Confusion
  • Lack of Coordination
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Uncontrolled Movements of the Body
  • Tremors/Shaking

The above list is only a partial list. Many other severe side effects are possible. Contact your physician or seek medical attention if you experience any side effects that you are concerned about. As some side effects could be permanent it is critical for you to report all troubling side effects to your physician right away. Severe allergic reactions can occur with almost any medication that is new to your body. Watch for signs of potentially severe allergic reactions and seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Itching and/or Swelling (pay attention to the face, throat and tongue)
  • Severe Dizziness
  • Rash
  • Trouble Breathing
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