Medication Monday: Buspar 

Another week has come and gone, and another Monday is here, which means it it time for another Medication Monday. This week, we are talking about Buspar (Busirone). 

Buspar is used to treat anxiety. It can reduce jitters and irritability common with anxiety, and help those who battle with generalized anxiety disorder to enjoy everyday life more, without having to take timeouts for anxiety. Other anxiety symptoms it may help with are a rapid heartbeat, excessive sweating, and trouble sleeping. Like other mental health medications, it accomplishes this by impacting the amounts of certain natural neurotransmitters in the brain. 

Individuals taking Buspar should avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice. Individuals taking Buspar should also be aware of possible side effects, which include dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, lightheadedness, and blurred vision. Like other mental health medications, Buspar can also have the opposite impact, causing trouble sleeping, restlessness, and nervousness. 

Whether Buspar is right for you will have to be a decision reached between you and your doctor. Medication Monday is not meant as medical advice, should not be substituted for medical advice, and does not get you off the hook for going to the doctor, no matter how much you might not want to go. Rather, Medication Monday is meant as a brief informative introduction to the various mental health medications that are available, hopefully helping to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health medication. That said, if you have any personal experiences with Buspar that you’d like to share, feel free to reach out, either in the comment section below or in the contact tab above. 

 

And as always, thanks for reading.

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