How To Use This Medicine
Do not this medication if you are allergic to Buspirone, or if you have used an
MAO inhibitor such as:
- Isocarboxazid (Marplan®)
- Phenelzine (Nardil®)
- Rasagiline (Azilect®)
- Selegiline (Eldepryl®, Emsam®)
- Tranylcypromine (Parnate®)
within the past 14 days. Serious, life-threatening side effects can occur if you take
Buspirone before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body.
Buspirone can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if
you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Avoid drinking alcohol.
It may increase some of the side effects caused by Buspirone.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with Buspirone and lead to
potentially dangerous effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your
doctor. Do not increase or decrease the amount of grapefruit products in your diet
without first talking to your doctor.
Buspirone is usually taken for only a short time. Do not take this medication for longer
than 4 weeks without your doctor's advice.
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in
larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the
directions on your prescription label.
You may take Buspirone with or without food but take it the same way each time.
Some tablet forms of Buspirone may need to be broken before you take the
medicine. These tablets have special scored marks on them to make breaking the tablet easy.
Do not use the tablet if it has not broken correctly and the piece is too big or too small.
Follow your doctor's instructions about how much of the tablet to take.
If you have been switched to Buspirone from another anxiety medication, you may need to slowly
decrease your dose of the other medication rather than stopping suddenly. Some anxiety
medications can cause withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking them suddenly after long-term
use. Store Buspirone at room temperature away from moisture and heat.