BuSpar and Alcohol

Combining BuSpar and alcohol may increase your risk of developing side effects, such as memory problems, drowsiness, and problems with coordination. In general, it is also recommended that people with mental illnesses (including anxiety) avoid drinking alcohol because it can make their condition worse. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about using BuSpar and alcohol together in your particular situation.

Can I Drink Alcohol While Taking BuSpar?

BuSpar® (buspirone hydrochloride) is a prescription medication approved as an anxiety treatment. In general, drinking alcohol while on BuSpar is not recommended. In addition, many people with mental illnesses are usually advised to avoid alcohol.

Side Effects of BuSpar and Alcohol

Studies did not suggest that combining alcohol with BuSpar increases the risk of side effects. However, the manufacturer of the drug recommends that people who take it avoid drinking alcohol. However, studies are performed in a controlled setting under specific circumstances, and it is impossible to know if combining alcohol and BuSpar in the "real world" will cause problems.
It is reasonable to assume that combining alcohol with BuSpar might cause the following side effects:
  • Unusual behavior
  • Memory problems
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Problems with coordination.
Generally, it is best for people with mental illnesses (such as anxiety) to avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol may make mental illness worse and is often a form of "self-medication."

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About BuSpar and Alcohol

Although it is not recommended that you drink alcohol while taking BuSpar, you should not be afraid to discuss your alcohol consumption with your healthcare provider. Together, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about BuSpar and alcohol that is right for you. If you do drink, your healthcare provider can also suggest ways to help you stop.
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