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Common Brand Name: Buspar

Use & Dosage Information

Medically reviewed by Jessica Swirble, PharmD
Last updated on 5/11/2024

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What is the typical starting dose for buspirone?

Buspirone is available in various strengths, including:

  • Oral tablets (5 mg, 7.5 mg, 10 mg, 15 mg, 30 mg)

The typical starting dose of buspirone for anxiety can vary depending on factors such as the severity of symptoms, your age, other medical conditions, and how you respond to the medication. It's essential to follow your healthcare provider's instructions regarding dosage and administration carefully.

For most adults with anxiety, the typical starting dose of buspirone may be:

  • 7.5 mg taken orally two times daily.

Your healthcare provider may start with a lower dose, such as 5 mg, especially for older adults or those with certain medical conditions. The dose may then be gradually increased up to a maximum of 60 mg per day, taken in divided doses.

Buspirone should be taken with or without food, but it's important to take it consistently at the same time(s) each day.

Your healthcare provider will monitor your response to the medication and may adjust the dose as needed.

If you have any questions about your dosage, contact your healthcare provider. If you want to talk to a provider right away, book an online doctor appointment on Sesame to discuss your concerns.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. If it's almost time for another dose of buspirone, skip the missed dose and take your next dose as scheduled. Do not take or apply a double dose of buspirone.

What do I do if I'm feeling better?

Do not stop taking buspirone suddenly without consulting your healthcare provider. Abruptly stopping the medication can lead to withdrawal symptoms or a relapse of your condition. Your doctor may need to gradually decrease your dose to avoid these effects.

How should I store buspirone?

Store buspirone as directed by your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Proper storage is essential to maintain the medication's effectiveness. Buspirone should be stored at room temperature, away from excessive heat, light, and moisture.

Keep the medication out of the reach of children and ensure that the container is tightly closed.