BuSpar Warnings and Precautions
There are numerous precautions to be aware of before starting BuSpar. Warnings and precautions include letting your healthcare provider know if you have kidney or liver disease, avoiding BuSpar if you are allergic to benzodiazepine medications, and watching out for certain drug interactions. BuSpar warnings and precautions also include avoiding driving or operating heavy machinery until you know how the drug affects you.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking BuSpar® (buspirone hydrochloride) if you have:
- Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- Liver disease, including liver failure or cirrhosis
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking BuSpar include the following:
- BuSpar is not effective for treating psychotic conditions. It should not be used in place of appropriate antipsychotic medications.
- Even though BuSpar is less likely than most anxiety medications to cause drowsiness, it is still a good idea for you to avoid driving or operating heavy machinery until you know how the medication affects you.
- It is best to avoid alcohol while you are taking BuSpar (see BuSpar and Alcohol).
- Often, BuSpar is used to replace sedative-hypnotic anxiety medications (such as benzodiazepines). These sedative-hypnotic medications should not be stopped too quickly or withdrawal can occur even if you are taking BuSpar.
- Let your healthcare provider know if you have liver or kidney disease, as your body may not handle BuSpar as well as it should.
- BuSpar can interact with other medications (see BuSpar Drug Interactions).
- BuSpar is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it is probably safe for use during pregnancy. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of the drug while pregnant (see BuSpar and Pregnancy).
- It is not known if BuSpar passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see BuSpar and Breastfeeding).