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Buspirone

Last updated on 14/07/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Buspirone

CHINESE NAME: 丁螺環酮

BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Apo-Buspirone

DRUG CLASS: Antianxiety agents

SUB CLASS: Azapirones, Non-benzodiazepines

USED FOR: Generalized anxiety disorder

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 10mg (tablets)

What is Buspirone for?

Buspirone is a type of azapirone anxiolytics, which is indicated to treat generalized anxiety disorder but not commonly used in Hong Kong.

How to use it?

Buspirone is taken orally as tablets. The usual initial dose is 10-15 mg in divided doses, and can be increased every 2 to 3 days in increments of 5 mg/day to a maximum of 60 mg/day. The usual dose is 20-30 mg/day in divided doses.

What are the side effects of Buspirone?

Common side effects of Buspirone include dizziness, nausea, nervousness, headache, and drowsiness.

Who should not take Buspirone?

– People who are allergic to Buspirone or any component of the formulation
– Patients taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors, such as Selegiline, Rasagiline

Pharmacist Tips:

– Do not drive or operate machinery until you know the effect of the medicine.
– Avoid alcohol use while taking this medication.
– There are multiple significant drug-drug interactions for this drug. Consult your doctor or pharmacist prior to new drug use, including over-the-counter and herbal drugs.

Common dosing schedule:
Buspirone can be taken with or without food, but should always take it consistently.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Buspirone may interact with:
Cimetidine
Rifampicin
– Macrolide antibiotics, e.g. Clarithromycin, Erythromycin
– Antifungals, e.g. Itraconazole, Ketoconazole
– Monoamine oxidase inhibitors, e.g. Selegiline, Rasagiline
– Antiepileptics, e.g. Carbamazepine, Phenytoin

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Buspirone in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Buspirone is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Buspirone in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.