For those who are first beginning anxiety treatment with BuSpar, dosage recommendations usually start with a low amount of the drug. If, after taking 7.5 mg twice daily, symptoms of anxiety do not improve, your healthcare provider may gradually increase your dose up to 60 mg. To maintain an even level in your blood, make sure to take your dosage at the same times each day.
The dosage of BuSpar® (buspirone hydrochloride) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How you respond to BuSpar
- Other medications you may be taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
The recommended dose of BuSpar when treating anxiety is 7.5 mg twice a day. Your healthcare provider may gradually increase your dose as needed to control your anxiety symptoms (up to a maximum of 60 mg total per day).
Considerations for people taking BuSpar include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth, usually two to three times daily.
- Because food can affect the way your body absorbs BuSpar, you should take the drug consistently (either always with food or always without) every day.
- BuSpar should be taken at the same times each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- BuSpar 15 mg and 30 mg tablets are specially designed to be able to split easily into half or in thirds. However, many people find that a "pill splitter" is necessary to accurately split these tablets into halves or thirds, since the tablets often split in the wrong places.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. BuSpar will not work if you stop taking it.