BUSPIRONE 5MG TABLETS

Active substance: BUSPIRONE HYDROCHLORIDE

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Buspirone 5mg and 10mg tablets
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
start taking this medicine.
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again.
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doctor or pharmacist.
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Do not pass it on to others. It may harm
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as yours.

Index
1 What Buspirone tablets are and what
they are used for
2 Before you take
3 How to take
4 Possible side effects
5 How to store
6 Further information

1 What Buspirone tablets are and what
they are used for
Buspirone tablets belong to a group of medicines
called anxiolytics. These medicines work on
the central nervous system, altering levels of
chemicals in the brain.
Buspirone tablets may be used for the:
• short term management of anxiety disorders
•  elief of symptoms of anxiety with or without
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symptoms of depression.

2 Before you take

Do not take Buspirone tablets and tell your
doctor if you:

•  re allergic (hypersensitive) to buspirone
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hydrochloride or any of the other ingredients in
Buspirone tablets (see section 6).
• are pregnant or breast-feeding.
• have epilepsy.
• have severely impaired liver or kidney function.

Check with your doctor or pharmacist
before taking Buspirone tablets if you have:

• had impaired liver or kidney function in the past.
•  een prescribed a benzodiazepine e.g.
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nitrazepam or temazepam or another common
sedative or hypnotic medicine. You should
be gradually withdrawn from these medicines
before taking Buspirone tablets.
• acute narrow-angle glaucoma
• myasthenia gravis, a disorder characterised

by muscle weakness, difficulty chewing or
swallowing and slurred speech
• or have had drug dependence

Taking other medicines

Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you
are taking or have recently taken any other
medicines, including medicines obtained without
a prescription. Especially:
•  onoamine-oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) such as
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phenelzine and tranylcypromine (for depression)
•  t. John’s Wort, nefazodone and L-tryptophan,
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fluvoxamine, trazodone (for depression)
•  elective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
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e.g. fluoxetine and paroxetine (for depression)
• haloperidol and lithium (for mental illness)
•  alcium channel blockers such as diltiazem and
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verapamil (to treat high blood pressure)
•  ifampicin (to treat tuberculosis)
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• triptan drugs e.g. sumatriptan (to treat migraine)
• tramadol (a painkiller)
• baclofen (a muscle relaxant)
• lofexidine (to manage drug withdrawal)
• nabilone (to treat nausea and vomiting)
• antihistamines (to treat allergic reactions)
•  rythromycin, itraconazole and linezolid (to treat
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infections)
•  enzodiazepines e.g. nitrazepam or temazepam
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or another common sedative or hypnotic
medicine
• diltiazem (to treat angina)
• digoxin (to treat heart failure)
•  henobarbital, phenyton, carbamazepine (to
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treat epilepsy)
• cimetidine (to treat stomach ulcers)
• diazepam (to treat anxiety)
• warfarin (to treat blood clots)

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

Do not take Buspirone tablets if you are pregnant
or are breast-feeding. Talk to your doctor before
taking any medicine.

Driving and using machines

Buspirone tablets may make you feel drowsy or
dizzy. Make sure you are not affected before you
drive or operate machinery.

Sugar intolerance

If you have been told you have an intolerance to
some sugars, contact your doctor before taking
this medicine, as it contains a sugar called lactose.

3 How to take

Always take Buspirone tablets exactly as your
doctor has told you. If you are not sure, check with
your doctor or pharmacist.

Taking Buspirone tablets with food or
drink

Talk to your doctor before eating or drinking
products containing grapefruit juice, whilst
taking Buspirone tablets. You should not drink
alcohol whilst taking Buspirone tablets.

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Swallow the tablets with water, at the same time
each day. Buspirone should be taken consistently
with or without food. However, the medicine
is taken on the day one should be continued
thereafter.
Doses:
Adults (including the elderly)
The starting dose is 5mg two to three times a day,
which may be increased every two to three days.
The usual dose you will be maintained on is 15mg
to 30mg a day in divided doses up to a maximum
dose of 45mg a day in divided doses.
Children: Not recommended.
If you have impaired liver or kidney function, your
doctor may prescribe you a lower dose.

If you take more than you should

If you (or someone else) swallow a lot of the
tablets at the same time, or if you think a
child has swallowed any, contact your nearest
hospital casualty department or tell your doctor
immediately. Symptoms of an overdose include
feeling or being sick, headache, dizziness,
drowsiness, ringing or buzzing in the ears,
restlessness, restriction of the pupils, stomach
problems, slow heart beat, low blood pressure,
fits and extrapyramidal symptoms (difficulty in
speaking or swallowing, loss of balance control,
mask-like face, shuffling walk, stiffness of arms and
legs, trembling or shaking of hands or fingers).

If you forget to take the tablets

Do not take a double dose to make up for a
forgotten dose. If you forget to take a dose take it
as soon as you remember it and then take the next
dose at the right time.

If you stop taking the tablets

Talk to your doctor before you stop taking the
tablets and follow their advice.

4 Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Buspirone tablets can cause
side effects although not everybody gets them.
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice
any of the following effects, they get worse or if
you notice any not listed.
Stop taking Buspirone tablets and contact
your doctor immediately if you are taking
selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) e.g.
fluoxetine and paroxetine and have: Serotonin
syndrome (feeling confused, feeling restless,
sweating, shaking, shivering, hallucinations
(strange visions or sounds), sudden jerks of the
muscles or a fast heartbeat).

controlling movement/jerky movements, muscle
spasm of neck, shoulders and body affecting
posture, fainting or passing out, memory loss,
Lack of muscle control or co-ordination, difficulty
in controlling movements, tremor, stiffness and
shuffling, restlessness, restless leg syndrome
• Cardiac disorders: racing heart beat, chest pain
• Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal

disorders: blocked nose, sore throat
• Gastrointestinal disorders: feeling or being sick,

stomach pain, dry mouth, diarrhoea, constipation
• Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: cold

sweats, rash, bruising
• Musculoskeletal and connective tissue

disorders: pain in the muscles, tendons,
ligaments and bone
• Renal and urinary disorders: difficulty passing

water
• Reproductive system and breast disorders:

over production of breast milk
• General disorders and administration site

conditions: tiredness

5 How to store

Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original
container.
Do not use Buspirone tablets after the expiry date
stated on the label/carton/bottle. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
Medicines should not be disposed of via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer
required. These measures will help to protect the
environment.

6 Further information

What Buspirone tablets contain

•  he active substance (the ingredient that makes
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the tablets work) is buspirone hydrochloride.
Each tablet contains either 5mg or 10mg of the
active substance.
•  he other ingredients are lactose monohydrate,
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magnesium stearate, purified talc, polyvidone
K-25 and potato starch.

What Buspirone tablets look like and
contents of the pack
Buspirone tablets are white, uncoated, flat
bevelled edge tablets.
Pack size is 30.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and
Manufacturer
Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK
This leaflet was last revised in March 2013.

Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following
side effects:
• Psychiatirc disorders: nervousness, insomnia,

problems concentrating, depression, confusion,
problems sleeping, anger
• Nervous system: dizziness, headache, sleepiness,

drowsiness, blurred vision, tingling or pins and
needles, co-ordination problems, involuntary
shakiness, ringing in the ears, fits, tunnel vision,
extrapyramidal disorder (tremor, slurred speech,
akathisia, dystomia, anxiety, distress), muscle
rigidity, with circular jerky movements, difficulty
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AAAF1507

Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK

Buspirone 5mg & 10mg tablets PIL - UK

colours/plates:
1. Black

item no: AAAF1507

dimensions: 120x210

print proof no: 3

pharmacode:

origination date: 11.04.13

min pt size: 7pts

3.
4.
5.
6.

originated by: DR
approved for print/date

2.

revision date: 25.04.13

Technical Approval

revised by: DR

date sent: 11.04.13

supplier: Alkaloida

technically app. date: 25.04.13t

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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