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If you have anxiety, your healthcare provider may recommend a drug called buspirone hydrochloride (HCl). Buspirone tablets come in four strengths and are sold under the brand name (BuSpar®). Buspirone is usually taken two or three times a day. Since food can affect the way your body absorbs the drug, you should take it consistently -- either always with food or always without.
Side effects that have been reported with the drug include dizziness, headache, and nausea. Before using buspirone, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on any other drugs you are taking, including vitamins and supplements, as well as any allergies you may have, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you have any other medical conditions, such as kidney or liver disease.
(To learn more about buspirone hydrochloride, click Buspirone. This article has information on a number of topics, including generic availability, what to do if you miss a dose, and more.)
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