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Buspirone is approved for use in managing anxiety disorders and for short-term relief for anxiety symptoms. Buspirone for anxiety should be used as directed and may cause some side effects.


The initial dose recommended for buspirone is 15 mg taken once per day. This dosage may be increased by 5 mg per day every 2 or 3 days, but individuals should only do so if their doctor approves. Maximum doses per day for buspirone should not exceed 60 mg.

Side Effects

Buspirone may cause side effects in some individuals. Common side effects include nervousness or restlessness. Less common side effects include blurry vision, drowsiness, sweating, trouble concentrating, muscle pain, weakness, and sleep problems. Severe side effects that individuals should let their doctor know about right away include fever, chest pain, fast heartbeat, confusion, arm or leg stiffness, and uncontrolled bodily movements. These symptoms are rare, but may require prompt medical care.

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