Alcohol and Buspar | Buspar and Alcohol Cravings
What should you know about alcohol and Buspar, and even more specifically Buspar and alcohol cravings?
The following provides information about the relationship between alcohol and Buspar.
Buspar is short for Buspirone, which is a prescription anti-anxiety medication. It’s part of a class of drugs called anxiolytics, and researchers aren’t exactly sure how this medicine reduces anxiety, but they think it’s because it competes with dopamine and serotonin. Dopamine and serotonin are key neurotransmitters involved in the experience of anxiety symptoms.
Buspar isn’t meant to be prescribed for daily stress, but instead, it’s meant for legitimate anxiety disorders, most commonly prescribed for General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), which is usually diagnosed after a person has a month or more of symptoms. Some of the symptoms of an anxiety disorder that can be treated by Buspar include irritability, upset stomach, sleep disturbances, shakiness, and dizziness.
In recent years there has been a lot of research regarding Buspar as a treatment for other conditions, such as a brain disorder called Tourette syndrome. Buspar is used to aid in managing the uncontrolled and frequent movements stemming from this syndrome.
- You shouldn’t take Buspar with Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), which is a drug used in the treatment of depression because it can cause a spike in blood pressure
- Buspar is meant as a short-term treatment
- Buspar shouldn’t be stopped suddenly without instructions from your doctor because it can lead to withdrawal
- If you have kidney or liver disease, you’re supposed to let your doctor know before taking Buspar
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