Buspirone (brand name Buspar) is a commonly prescribed drug for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and sometimes for anxiety symptoms caused due to other issues by affecting the neurotransmitters in our brain such as serotonin and dopamine. However, misuse or abuse of Buspirone, especially in combination with other substances can lead to harmful consequences.

What Happens When Buspirone Is Abused

Some Signs Of Buspirone Abuse

Serious Side Effects of Buspirone Rare But Include

How Buspirone Works On The Brain

Buspirone, an azapirone class drug, is a psychotherapeutic medication that is prescribed as an antipsychotic or anti-anxiety medication. It impacts the neurons in the brain which use the neurotransmitter serotonin to communicate. Buspirone is a serotonin receptor agonist, which means it activates serotonin receptors in the brain to alleviate symptoms of anxiety. Unlike other SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) medications, Buspirone does not cause sexual side effects. 

What Buspirone Is Used To Treat


Buspirone is most commonly used to reduce anxiety or chronic anxiety symptoms, as a mood enhancer, and for improved sleep. It is used to treat Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) and their accompanying symptoms.


Because Buspirone enhances the activity of serotonin in the brain, it is sometimes used in combination with other SSRIs to treat depression, major depressive disorder, and other disorders with symptoms of depression. 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Although Buspirone is not a medication for OCD, it is sometimes prescribed as a secondary drug to manage the symptoms of anxiety in OCD patients. 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Buspirone is not a primary drug of choice for PTSD prescriptions, however it may be used in combination with other antidepressant drugs to alleviate symptoms of PTSD and panic attacks. 

Do You Need To Seek Help?

Buspirone is an anti anxiety medication which is safe to use, if used as prescribed. It is commonly used in addiction treatment to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, however if it is misused or abused, tolerance and dependence to the drug may develop, which may lead to withdrawal symptoms. If you are trying to stop taking Buspirone, consult us at OC Revive to safely wean off the drug and treat any accompanying mental health issues. Call us at (800) 808 6757 to discuss options.

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