What is Buspirone?
Buspirone is an anti-anxiety medication. It is used for the treatment of certain behavior disorders in dogs and cats, especially those related to fear or phobias.
Who is it for?
Buspirone is for multiple species including dogs and cats.
What are the benefits?
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||Buspirone is an anti-anxiety agent used for behavior modification
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Buspirone relieves anxiety and is used to treat behavior disorders, particularly those related to fear and phobias. It may also be prescribed for urine spraying in cats. Buspirone is a human medication that reduces anxiety. Similar to other behavior modification drugs, treatment with Buspirone is most effective when used in conjunction with behavior modification techniques.
How does Buspirone work?
Buspirone treats certain behavior disorders by reducing anxiety. Buspirone is in an anti-anxiety drug and works by modifying the chemicals used by neurons to communicate with each other.
Is there a generic equivalent available?
Buspirone is a generic medication.
How is it given?
Buspirone is given by mouth. Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian. This medication should only be given to the pet for whom it was prescribed. Do not stop the medication abruptly unless directed by your veterinarian.
What results can I expect?
Buspirone, by itself, will generally not cure a behavior problem, but will help manage the symptoms. It should be used in combination with techniques to try to change the unwanted behavior. It generally takes several weeks to reach an effective level in the body.
What form(s) does it come in?
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What should I discuss with my veterinarian while considering Buspirone?
Buspirone should be used in conjunction with techniques to try to change the unwanted behavior. Discuss, in detail, what behavior modification techniques will work for your pet. Also discuss how long the treatment period will be and what type of outcome is expected. You and your veterinarian should talk about any other treatment options that are recommended for your pet.
Tell your veterinarian if your pet has liver or kidney disease, may be pregnant, is nursing, or if you intend to breed your pet.
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications or supplements your pet is taking, and also if your pet has had any reactions to previous medications.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to the regular schedule. Do not give two doses at once.
What is the most important information I should know?
To be most effective, Buspirone needs to be used in combination with behavior modification techniques. Consult your veterinarian before using other medications or tick collars along with Buspirone.
Who should not take it?
Do not use in animals hypersensitive (allergic) to it. Use with caution in those pets with liver or kidney disease. Avoid use in the mother if she is nursing.
What side effects may be seen when taking Buspirone?
Side effects are uncommon, but may see slow heart rate, vomiting or diarrhea, and behavior changes. If you observe any unordinary signs in your pet, contact your veterinarian.
Cats: Cats may become more or less affectionate. Cats that are usually timid and live in multi-cat households may show aggression.
How is it stored?
Store in a tight, light-resistant, childproof container at room temperature. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
What should I do if I know of or suspect there has been an overdose?
If you know or suspect your pet has had an overdose, contact your veterinarian immediately.
What should I avoid when giving my pet Buspirone?
Consult your veterinarian before using Buspirone with vitamins, supplements, ephedrine, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) such as selegiline (deprenyl, Anipryl) or amitraz (an ingredient in some tick collars, and in Mitaban, a treatment for mange), nervous system suppressants, diltiazem, erythromycin, ketoconazole, itraconazole, rifampin, trazodone and verapamil, since interactions may occur.
Where is more information available?
Ask your veterinarian, consult with one of our pharmacists at 1-800-447-3021, or see the
Patient Information Sheet on this medication.