What Is It?: Buspirone is used to treat anxiety disorders or in the short-term treatment of symptoms of anxiety
How To Use: Buspirone comes as a capsule or liquid to take by mouth or as a cream to be applied to the inside, non-hairy part of the ear. It usually is taken two or three times a day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Give buspirone exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Do not stop using buspirone without talking to your veterinarian. Your veterinarian probably will decrease the dose gradually. This drug must be used regularly for a few weeks before its full effect is felt.
If using an oral preparation you may give buspirone either with or without food, but do it consistently, either always with food or always without food.
Possible Side Effects: Although side effects from buspirone are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away: drowsiness, upset stomach, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain, depression, excitement, fatigue, nervousness, weakness.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your veterinarian immediately: skin rash, itching, fast or irregular heartbeat, unusual movements or the head or neck muscles
Storage: Keep in the original container. Keep out of the reach of children and pets. Capsules and tablets may be stored at room temperature. Some liquids should be stored in the refrigerator (see the prescription label.) Store all medicines away from excess heat and moisture. Do NOT store in the bathroom.
Note: If you miss a dose give it as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give a double dose to make up for the missed one.