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tension headaches are triggered by
anxiety, you may be treated with an antianxiety
medicine, such as buspirone (BuSpar), to reduce anxiety
and the frequency of tension headaches.
relieve anxiety and nervousness and have a calming effect. In high doses, they
may cause drowsiness and sleep. Buspirone reduces mild anxiety, irritability,
fatigue, and pain. It is usually taken daily to relieve symptoms and is not
addictive if it is used continuously.
Generally, side effects are
mild and include:
Antianxiety medicines other than buspirone (such as
alprazolam) may be tried, but they can become addictive. Buspirone is not
habit-forming and may be used for longer periods of time.
July 7, 2011
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Colin Chalk, MD, CM, FRCPC - Neurology
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