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Package leaflet: Information for the patient
Buspirone 5 mg tablets
Buspirone 10 mg tablets
Buspirone hydrochloride
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this
medicine because it contains important information for you.

suffer from acute angle closure glaucoma (eye disease)
suffer from myasthenia gravis (severe muscle weakness)
suffer from any severe liver or kidney disease
suffer from epilepsy
suffer from acute intoxication with alcohol, hypnotics,
analgesics, or antipsychotic drugs

Warnings and precautions

• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or
• This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it
on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are
the same as yours.
• If you get any side effects , talk to your doctor, or pharmacist.
This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Buspirone, if you

What is in this leaflet:

Children and adolescents:


Buspirone should not be used in children and adolescents under
18 years of age (see “How to take Buspirone” below).

What Buspirone is and what it is used for
What you need to know before you take Buspirone
How to take Buspirone
Possible side effects
How to store Buspirone
Contents of the pack and other information
1. What Buspirone is and what it is used for

Buspirone is a medicine that is used for the symptomatic
treatment of anxiety states of clinically relevant severity with the
following cardinal symptoms: anxiety, agitation, tension.
2. What you need to know before you take
Do not take Buspirone, if you
• are allergic to buspirone hydrochloride or any of the other
ingredients of Buspirone (listed in section 6).

• have taken a medicine with calming effect on the central
nervous system for a long time. Before taking Buspirone, these
medicines should be discontinued gradually.
• have a history of kidney or liver disease.
• have a history of seizures
• have a history with drug dependence.

Other medicines and Buspirone
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently
taken or might take any other medicines.
It is especially important to tell your doctor if you are taking any
of the following:
• Medicines known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
such as phenelzine or tranylcypromine (to treat depression
and Parkinson’s disease). You should not take these medicines
concomitantly with Buspirone.
• Medicines known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors
(SSRIs) such as fluoxetine, fluvoxamine and paroxetine (for
depression and other psychiatric disorders)
• Antihypertensives (for high blood pressure)
• Antidiabetics (for diabetes)

• Anticoagulants such as Warfarin (for stopping the blood from
• Contraceptives (for pregnancy prevention)
• Cardiac glycosides such as Digoxin (for heart failure)
• Antihistamines (for allergy/hypersensitivity)
• Dexamethasone (for inflammatory and autoimmune
conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis)
• Phenytoin, phenobarbital, carbamazepine (for epilepsy)
• Nefazodone (for depression)
• Erythromycin (for various types of infections caused by
• Linezolid (for severe infections caused by Gram-positive
• Itraconazole (for fungal infections)
• Diltiazem or verapamil (for high blood pressure, angina, heart
failure, and as a preventive medication for migraine)
• Triptans (for migraine)
• Tramadol (for severe pain)
• Cimetidine (for heartburn and peptic ulcers)
• Rifampicin (for tuberculosis and other infections)
• Strong CYP3A4 inhibitors (such as ketoconazole or ritonavir)
• Baklofen (for treatment of spasticity)
• Lofexidine (for opiod withdrawal)
• Nabilone (for control of nausea and vomiting)
• Haloperidol (for schizophrenia and for acute psychotic states
and delirium)
• Trazodone (for depression)
• Lithium (for manic-depression)
• St. John’s wort (for depression)
• L-tryptophan (nutritional supplement)
• Diazepam (for anxiety, sleep disorders, seizures, including
epileptic seizures, muscle spasms, restless legs syndrome,
alcohol withdrawal, benzodiazepine withdrawal, and Ménière’s
A change in dose may need to be considered by your doctor.

Buspirone with food, drink and alcohol

The recommended dose is:

You should not drink alcohol while taking Buspirone.

Adults over 18 years of age:
The recommended starting dose is 5 mg three times daily
(corresponding to 15 mg buspirone hydrochloride daily).

Grapefruit juice
You should not eat or drink products containing large quantities
of grapefruit juice while taking Buspirone.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant
or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for
advice before taking this medicine.
Buspirone should not be taken during pregnancy.
Breast-feeding is not recommended during treatment.
Driving and using machines
Do not drive or use any tools or machines until you know how
Buspirone affects you. It cannot be excluded that Buspirone,
especially at the beginning of treatment and after a change in
dose, affects the capacity of reaction.
Buspirone contains lactose
This medicine contains lactose. If you have been told by your
doctor that you have intolerance to some sugars, contact your
doctor before taking Buspirone.
3. How to take Buspirone
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist
has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not

Your doctor may increase this dose gradually if necessary. The
daily dose can be increased to 20-30 mg buspirone hydrochloride
daily, divided into several individual doses. A single dose of 30
mg buspirone hydrochloride should not be exceeded. More than
60 mg buspirone hydrochloride per day should not be taken.
Patients with kidney and/or liver problems
These patients might need a lower dose. Your doctor will
determine your individual dose.
Use in children and adolescents:
Buspirone should not be used in children and adolescents under
18 years of age.
Method of administration
The tablets are scored and can be divided into equal doses. The
whole tablets or, if needed, the divided halves should not be
chewed or crushed but swallowed whole with some liquid. The
tablets should always be taken at the same time of day, either
always on an empty stomach or always after a meal.
Duration of treatment
It may take some time before you start to feel better. If the
symptoms do not improve within 4-8 weeks, you should talk to
your doctor. Your doctor will determine how long you should
continue to take Buspirone. If a long-term medical treatment
is necessary, it should be monitored intensively by your doctor
and the need to continue treatment should be periodically

If you take more Buspirone than you should
If you have taken too much of the medicine or if, for example, a
child has taken the medicine by mistake, contact your doctor or
hospital for an assessment of the risk and advice.
Take the medicine pack with you.
The typical symptoms of an overdose include nausea, vomiting,
dizziness, fatigue, constriction of the pupils and stomach pains.
If you forget to take Buspirone
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 possible. However,
if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and
continue as before.
If you stop taking Buspirone
Continue with Buspirone until your doctor tells you otherwise. If
you need a long-term medical treatment your doctor will monitor
your use of this medicine on a regular basis.
If you are to stop Buspirone therapy you must follow your
doctor’s instruction closely. It is especially important as this type
of medicine should not be stopped suddenly.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask
your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although
not everybody gets them.
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
• nonspecific chest pain
• nightmares, drowsiness, sleeplessness, dizziness, nervousness,
light-headedness, impaired concentration, restlessness, anger,
hostility, confusion, depression

• blurred vision
• ringing or buzzing in the ears (tinnitus)
• sore throat, stuffy nose
• nausea, dry mouth, gastrointestinal symptoms, diarrhoea
• headache, weakness
Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
• brief episodes of fainting, low or high blood pressure,
exceedingly high heart rate/abnormality of heartbeat
• depersonalisation, over-sensitivity to certain frequency
ranges of sound, excitement, unpleasant mood (including
symptoms such as sadness, irritability, restlessness), urge
to move, anxiety, loss of interest, association disturbances,
hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, seizures
• numbness, abnormal sensations (e.g. tingling, pricking
sensation), loss of coordination, involuntary trembling
• significantly increased breathing frequency, shortness of
breath, chest pressure, altered sense of smell
• redness of the eyes, itchy eyes, inflammation of the outermost
layer of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids
• increased appetite, poor appetite, drooling, rectal bleeding,
constipation, passing gas (flatulence), irritable colon,
• lower urinary tract symptoms
• oedema, nettle rash, flushing, tendency to bruising, hair loss,
dry skin, eczema, vesicles, facial oedema
• muscle cramps, muscle pain, muscle tension, joint pain
• weight gain, fever, roaring in the head, weight loss, general
feeling of being unwell, tiredness, altered taste, sweating,
clammy hands
• increased liver enzymes
• menstrual disorders, decreased or increased sexual desire

• blood count changes (increased number of certain white
blood cells (eosinophilia), decreased number of certain blood
cells (leukopenia), decreased number of platelets in the blood
• mood swings, claustrophobia, cold intolerance, sleepiness
which can cause immobility or unconsciousness, slurred
speech, psychosis, transient memory gaps, serotonin
syndrome (e.g. symptoms such as fever, stiffness, trembling,
confusion, nervousness, palpitations)
• extrapyramidal symptoms including involuntary movements
of the body during or after treatment, involuntary movements
of the body, face, mouth, or tongue and stiffness of the body,
parkinsonism (e.g. symptoms such as slow movements and
trembling), akathisia (e.g. symptoms such as restlessness,
being unable to sit still), restless legs syndrome (e.g. symptoms
such as burning, itching or tingling in the muscles), slowed
reaction time
• eye pain, sensitivity to light, sensation of pressure on the eyes,
constricted circular tunnel-like field of vision
• nosebleeds
• inability to control urination, need to get up in the night to
• allergic reactions, small haemorrhages of the skin, acne, nail
• muscle weakness
• milk secretion from the breast, breast enlargement in males,
thyroid dysfunction
• alcohol abuse, bleeding disorders, loss of voice, hiccups,
burning tongue
• absence of menstrual period, pelvic inflammatory disease,
abnormal ejaculation, impotence

Rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10.000 people):
• disorders in the blood supply to the brain, heart failure, heart
attack, dysfunction of the heart muscle, slow resting heart

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.

5. How to store BUSPIRONE
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on
the carton / tablet container / blister after EXP. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
This medicinal product does not require any special temperature
storage conditions.
For blister additionally:
Keep the blister in the outer carton in order to protect from

The tablet can be divided into equal doses.
10 mg:
Buspirone 10 mg tablets are white or almost white, oval tablets
debossed with ‘ORN 31’ on one side and a score on the other
The tablet can be divided into equal doses.
Pack sizes:
Blister: 20, 30, 50, 60, 90 and 100 tablets
Tablet container: 250 tablets
Not all package sizes may be marketed.

HDPE tablet container additionally:

Marketing Authorisation Holder

After first opening use within1 year.

Orion Corporation
Orionintie 1
FI-02200 Espoo

Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household
waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no
longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
6. Contents of the pack and other information
What Buspirone contains

The active substance is buspirone hydrochloride.
5 mg: Each tablet contains 5 mg buspirone hydrochloride.
10 mg: Each tablet contains 10 mg buspirone hydrochloride.
The other ingredients are: Lactose monohydrate; silica,
colloidal anhydrous; cellulose microcrystalline; sodium starch
glycolate (type A); magnesium stearate.

What Buspirone looks like and contents of the pack
5 mg:
Buspirone 5 mg tablets are white or almost white, oval tablets
debossed with ‘ORN 30’ on one side and a score on the other

Orion Corporation, Orion Pharma
Orionintie 1
FI-02200 Espoo
This leaflet was last revised in
January 2013

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