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 (Buspar) 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, while effective in treating anxiety, it does not have the same sedative effects.

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