A nurse is gathering health history information from a patient. The patient says she takes buspirone but does not know why. The nurse should educate the patient about this drug knowing it is used to treat:


•Buspirone is an anxiolytic. It acts on serotonin receptors as an agonist when in a deficit state and acts as an antagonist in an excess of serotonin.

•Buspirone does not act on GABA receptors like benzodiazepines, therefore, it is effective in treating anxiety but does not have the same sedative effects.

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