Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Buspirone

  • Efrain Antonio GonzalezEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1634

Generic Name

Buspirone

Brand Name

BuSpar, Buspirex, Bustab, and Linbuspirone

Class

Antianxiety agents, anxiolytics, and nonbenzodiazepines

Proposed Mechanism(s) of Action

Serotonin 1A partial agonist, thus diminishing the overall serotonergic activity at those receptor sites.

Indication

Anxiety disorders.

Off-Label Use

Mixed anxiety and depression, treatment-resistant depression, and smoking cessation.

Side Effects

Serious

Very rare cardiac symptoms.

Common

Dizziness, sedation, nervousness, and nausea.

References and Readings

  1. Physicians’ Desk Reference (71st ed.). (2017). Montvale: Thomson PDR.Google Scholar
  2. Stahl, S. M. (2007). Essential psychopharmacology: The prescriber’s guide (2nd ed.). New York: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar

Additional Information

  1. Free Drug Online and PDA Software: www.epocrates.com.
  2. Free Drug Online and PDA Software: www.medscape.com.

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of PsychologyNova Southeastern UniversityFort LauderdaleUSA
  2. 2.Utah State UniversityLoganUSA