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Licensed clinicians find what’ll work for you. The majority of people have felt better after 4 weeks.*
Affordable and upfront prices
Life is complex. Pricing shouldn’t be. Treatment starts at $49/month and we can fill your meds for $12/month.
*Based on a review of more than 8,800 K Health users who completed 3 months of treatment for anxiety or depression
What is Buspar?
Buspar, also sold under the generic name buspirone, is a drug that was first patented in 1975 and is FDA approved to treat anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
While Buspar is considered an anxiolytic (antianxiety) medication, it’s not related to other anti-anxiety drugs, such as benzodiazepines.
Do you need a prescription for Buspar?
Buspar can be an effective way to treat anxiety, but it can also cause side effects and interact with other medications. For that reason, it’s only available by prescription. Plus, if you have any mental health condition, consistent supervision by a medical professional is important.
Your healthcare provider can help you determine if Buspar is the right fit for you.
How does Buspar work?
Mental health conditions, including anxiety, often occur due to a shortage of neurotransmitters in the brain that impact mood, such as dopamine or serotonin.
Buspar is a serotonin receptor agonist that can alleviate anxiety symptoms by increasing the action of serotonin receptors in your brain.
Buspar can be prescribed on its own to manage anxiety, or a provider may prescribe it along with other medications, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), especially if you have other mental health conditions like depression.
How long does it take for Buspar to work?
When you’re feeling anxious, you’re probably hoping for immediate relief. Buspar, as with all mental health medications, can take some time to prove beneficial.
Typically, Buspar takes anywhere from two to four weeks to noticeably improve anxiety. If you don’t feel better within eight weeks, talk to your doctor about changing your dose or trying a new medication. In some cases, your provider may recommend adding an additional medication to improve the effectiveness of Buspar for anxiety.
Is there a generic for Buspar?
Buspar is the brand name for buspirone, a generic medication. Like Buspar, buspirone is only available with a prescription.
Often, generic drugs like buspirone are more affordable than brand-name prescriptions. If you’re trying to cut medical costs, ask your prescriber about taking the generic option.
In the United States, all generic drugs have to be “bioequivalent” to the brand name. That means buspirone must have the exact same active ingredients, be available at the same dosage, and be equally effective at treating anxiety.
Buspar can be an effective way to treat anxiety, but like any other medication, it can come with some unwanted side effects. Most commonly, Buspar causes:
- Trouble sleeping or insomnia
- Increased sweating
- Upset stomach
- Feelings of nervousness or excitement
If your Buspar side effects are bothering you or they’re getting worse, speak to your healthcare provider. You may need a different dose or a different medication for anxiety.
Rarely, Buspar can cause serious side effects, including:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
If you experience the above symptoms after taking Buspar, seek medical care right away.
Buspar is typically prescribed in oral tablet form, taken with water every day. Dosage strength varies depending on factors like the severity of your symptoms and your age.
The medication is available in 5, 7.6, 10, 15, and 30 mg tablets, with a daily maximum dosage of 60 mg. Some people take Buspar twice a day or three times a day, depending on the dosage strength.
Often, providers start patients on a low dose and then gradually increase it, usually every 4-8 weeks. You can take Buspar with or without food; just make sure to follow the same routine each time you take it for best results.
Always follow your provider’s instructions when taking Buspar. Don’t change your dosage or stop taking the medication without speaking to a medical professional first.
Buspar may interact with other medications. Your healthcare provider can help you decide if the benefits of Buspar are worth the potential interaction risk.
Buspar is often combined with other mental health medications, but it can cause interactions, especially at higher doses. If you take any of the below medications, be sure to alert your prescribing doctor before taking Buspar:
- Alprazolam (Xanax)
- Aripiprazole (Abilify)
- Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL)
- Cetirizine (Zyrtec)
- Clonazepam (Klonopin)
- Duloxetine (Cymbalta)
- Escitalopram (Lexapro)
- Fluoxetine (Prozac)
- Lamotrigine (Lamictal)
- Quetiapine (Seroquel)
- Sertraline (Zoloft)
- Topiramate (Topamax)
- Vitamin D3
These aren’t all the possible drugs that can interact with Buspar. Bring a complete list of your medications to your appointment to avoid potential interactions.
Treating a mental health condition can be costly. How much Buspar costs depends on factors such as the dosage strength, your insurance coverage, and your local pharmacy.
If you’d like to keep drug costs as low as possible, consider shopping online for your medical treatments. Your local provider or a K physician can prescribe your medication, and you can order it from an online pharmacy. Then, the prescription will be delivered to your home.
It may also be worth speaking to your medical provider about whether generic Buspar is a good option for you. Generic drugs are typically sold at lower prices than brand-name ones, though they should be just as effective.
Is Buspar right for you?
Anxiety can cause uncomfortable symptoms that can interfere with your day-to-day-functioning. The good news is, this condition is treatable if you seek medical care.
If you’ve been struggling with anxiety symptoms most days of the week for six months, you may have an anxiety disorder. Your provider can help you determine whether an anxiety medication like Buspar may help improve your symptoms.
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