Can you use Buspar and alcohol together? 

Can you use Buspar and alcohol together? 

No, you shouldn’t use Buspar and alcohol together. Buspar is an anxiolytic or anti-anxiety medication that can control the excessive neuronal firing in your brain. 

Alcohol does the same as it numbs your brain and dulls your senses. Using these two together could lead to dangerous outcomes. If you’re being treated with Buspirone, it’s best to avoid using alcohol. 

What are the possible dangers associated with the concomitant use of Buspar and alcohol? 

The concomitant use of Buspar and alcohol can lead to dangerous side effects including (1):

  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting 
  • Drowsiness 
  • Dizziness 
  • Respiratory depression 
  • Suicidal behaviour
  • Euphoria
  • Hallucinations  
  • Impairment of sensory and motor coordination 
  • Unable to walk or maintain balance 
  • Blackouts 
  • Coma

These side effects can vary and they usually depend on the dose of Buspar and the amount of alcohol used along with it. Some people may think a glass or two won’t hurt. It might not if you take them at different times. 

However, it’s never easy to predict how your body would react if it gets exposed to even small quantities of both Buspar and alcohol at the same time. Some people are sensitive to the effects of alcohol and it can enhance the effects of Buspar on your brain, and vice versa. 

Make sure you cut back on alcohol and don’t take such a risk to your health. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. 

What to do if you have taken Buspar and alcohol together? 

If you have taken Buspar and alcohol and you feel alright, don’t worry. However, this does not indicate that you can continue to take these two together safely. 

If you feel unusual, immediately reach out to your healthcare provider. It’s better to be under medical observation till the effects wear off. Alcohol intake with medications could cause more complications in some people, as compared to others.

People who have compromised immune functions, or have any underlying health condition that affects the quality of their life, such people should never pair meds with alcohol. 

It is always best to consult your doctor about alcohol consumption with your prescription medications, especially meds that can affect your brain such as Buspar.

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1.- Buspirone and Alcohol/Food Interactions [Internet]. New York (NY):; c2000-2022 [cited 2022 Nov 7]. Available from:,buspar.html.