- Drug Name: Buspirone
- Common Name: BuSpar®
- Drug Type: Muscle relaxant and sedative
- Used For: Behavior disorders including fear, aggression, and anxiety
- Species: Dogs, Cats
- Administered: Tablets
- How Dispensed: Prescription only
- Available Forms: BuSpar® 5mg and 10mg tablets
- FDA Approved: No
Buspirone is often used by veterinarians to treat fear and aggression in pets. It may also help treat certain behavior problems such as urine spraying in cats. It is not particularly useful in the treatment of separation anxiety. It also does not serve as a muscle relaxant or anti-seizure medication.
Buspirone is typically given long-term and it may take weeks or months to see positive results. If stopping use of this drug, consult your veterinarian for an effective gradual reduction in dosage.
How It Works
Buspirone’s mechanism of action is not clearly defined, but it appears to be attracted to the brain chemical serotonin. Serotonin is involved with communication between nerve cells and the lack or reduction of Serotonin can lead to depression or anxiety.
Store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature.
If you miss a dose, give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give your pet two doses at once.
Side Effects and Drug Reactions
Buspirone may result in these side effects:
- Loss of appetite
- Heart issues
Buspirone may react with these drugs:
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors
- Protein bound drugs
USE CAUTION WHEN ADMINISTERING THIS DRUG TO PREGNANT OR LACTATING PETS OR TO PETS WITH KIDNEY OR LIVER DISEASE