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side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• Avoid alcohol, which may add to sedative action.1
• Take medication consistently, either with or without food because food can increase serum concentrations of the drug.2
• Avoid grapefruit juice with this medication.3
• Do not take this medicine with St. Johnís wort , Kava or Ginkgo biloba.4
• These herbs have sedative properties and should not be taken with Buspar: calamus, calendula, chamomile, California poppy, catnip, couch grass, elecampane, ginseng Siberian, goldenseal, gotu kola, hops, Jamaican dogwood, kava, lemon balm, sage, St. John's wort, sassafras, scullcap, shepherd's purse, stinging nettle, valerian, withania root, and yerba mansa.5
References1 Pronsky, ZM: Food-Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
1 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
2 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
3 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
3 Lilja JJ, Kivisto KT, Backman JT, Lamberg TS, Neuvonen PJ. "Grapefruit juice substantially increases plasma concentrations of buspirone." Clin Pharmacol Ther, 1998; 64(6): 655-60
4 Laird LK: Issues in the monopharmacotherapy and polypharmacotherapy of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Psychopharmacol Bull, 1996, 32:4, 569-78.
4 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines A Guide for Health-care Professionals. London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996.
4 De Smet PAGM et al. Adverse Effects of Herb Drugs 2, Berlin 1993.
5 PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition, Medical Economics Company, 2000
5 The Review of Natural Products, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
5 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines A Guide for Health-care Professionals. London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996.
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