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BUSPARTM Tablets 5mg and 10mg
Buspirone Hydrochloride
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
. Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
. If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
. This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm
them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
In this leaflet:
1. What Buspar is and what it is used for
2. Before you take
3. How to take
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store
6. Further information
1. What Buspar is and what it is used for
Buspar belong to a group of medicines called anxiolytics. These medicines work on
the central nervous system, altering levels of chemicals in the brain.
Buspar may be used for the:
 short term management of anxiety disorders
 relief of symptoms of anxiety with or without symptoms of depression.
2. Before you take Buspar
Do not take Buspar and tell your doctor if you:

are allergic (hypersensitive) to buspirone hydrochloride or
any of the other ingredients in Buspar (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 Buspar if you have:
 had impaired liver or kidney function in the past.
 been prescribed a benzodiazepine e.g. nitrazepam or temazepam or another
common sedative or hypnotic medicine. You should be gradually withdrawn
from these medicines before taking Buspar.
 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:
 monoamine-oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) such as phenelzine and tranylcypromine
(for depression)
 St. John’s Wort, nefazodone and L-tryptophan, fluvoxamine, trazodone (for
 selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) e.g. fluoxetine and paroxetine
(for depression)
 haloperidol and lithium (for mental illness)
 calcium channel blockers such as diltiazem and verapamil (to treat high blood
 rifampicin (to treat tuberculosis)
 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)
 erythromycin, itraconazole and linezolid (to treat infections)
 benzodiazepines e.g. nitrazepam or temazepam or another common sedative or
hypnotic medicine
 diltiazem (to treat angina)
 digoxin (to treat heart failure)
 phenobarbital, phenyton, carbamazepine (to treat epilepsy)
 cimetidine (to treat stomach ulcers)
 diazepam (to treat anxiety)
 warfarin (to treat blood clots)

Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not take Buspar if you are pregnant or are breast-feeding. Talk to your doctor
before taking any medicine.
Driving and using machines
Buspar 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 Buspar

Always take Buspar tablets exactly as your doctor has told you. If you are not sure,
check with your doctor or pharmacist.
Taking Buspar with food or drink
Talk to your doctor before eating or drinking products containing grapefruit juice,
whilst taking Buspar. You should not drink alcohol whilst taking Buspar.
Swallow the tablets with water, at the same time each day. Buspar should be
taken consistently with or without food. However, the medicine is taken on the day
one should be continued thereafter.
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
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, Buspar 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 Buspar 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).
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 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 Buspar
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not store above 25C. Store in the original container.
Do not use Buspar 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. Furhter information
What Buspar contains

 The active substance (the ingredient that makes the tablets work) is buspirone
hydrochloride. Each tablet contains either 5mg or 10mg of the active substance.
 The other ingredients are lactose monohydrate, sodium carboxymethul starch,
microcrystalline cellulose, silicon dioxide colloidal and magnesium stearate.
What Buspar looks like and contents of the pack
Buspar is packed in blisters of 90
Marketing authorization holder:
Actavis Group PTC ehf
Reyklavikurvegi 76-78
220 Hafnarfjordur
Bristol-Myers Squibb SARL
La Goualle
BP No 6
19250 Meymac
Date of last revision: March 2012

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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