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Precautions and Warnings With Buspirone

There are many precautions and warnings with buspirone to be aware of, including information on who should not take the drug. Before starting treatment, let your healthcare provider know if you have liver or kidney disease. You should avoid buspirone if you are allergic to any components of the medicine or to benzodiazepines. Knowing the precautions and warnings with buspirone can help ensure a safe treatment process.

Buspirone: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking buspirone hydrochloride (BuSpar®) if you have:
  • Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Liver disease, including liver failure or cirrhosis
  • Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Precautions and Warnings With Buspirone

Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking buspirone include the following:
  • The medication is not effective for treating psychotic conditions. It should not be used in place of appropriate antipsychotic medications.
  • Even though buspirone is less likely than most anxiety medications to cause drowsiness, it is still a good idea for you to avoid driving or operating heavy machinery until you know how the drug affects you.
  • It is best to avoid alcohol while you are taking buspirone (see BuSpar and Alcohol).
  • Often, buspirone is used to replace sedative-hypnotic anxiety medications (such as benzodiazepines). These sedative-hypnotic medications should not be stopped too quickly or withdrawal can occur, even if you are taking buspirone.
  • Let your healthcare provider know if you have liver or kidney disease, as your body may not handle the medication as well as it should.
  • Buspirone can interact with other medications (see Drug Interactions With Buspirone).
  • Buspirone is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it is probably safe for use during pregnancy. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using the drug while pregnant (see BuSpar and Pregnancy).
  • It is not known if buspirone passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see BuSpar and Breastfeeding).
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