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Buspirone is not known to lead to addiction. However, stopping the use of this medication suddenly may increase the risk of experiencing adverse effects. Buspirone withdrawal symptoms might occur in those who abruptly stop the use of this medication without gradually decreasing the dosage.

How Long Do Buspirone Withdrawal Symptoms Last?

Buspirone withdrawal symptoms should only last for a short time, although this varies from one individual to the next depending on dosage and other factors.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms in those who suddenly stop taking buspirone may include neck stiffness, headaches, muscle spasms, and trouble with cognitive function.


Those who need to stop taking buspirone should talk to their doctor about gradually decreasing the dosage rather than stopping suddenly. This may help reduce the risk of having withdrawal symptoms.

Treatment Options

Treatment for buspirone withdrawal is not usually needed. Symptoms do not always occur in those who stop the use of this medication suddenly. When symptoms do occur, they are generally mild and only last for a short time.

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