Anxiety Medication Overview of Seroquel

Seroquel is an atypical antipsychotic drug approved to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but it is increasingly being prescribed off-label to treat anxiety disorders. Seroquel XR (extended-release tablets) is also FDA approved to treat major depressive disorder as add-on therapy in people taking an antidepressant medication. Some people who have not responded to traditional antidepressant therapy, such as SSRIs, may benefit from adding Seroquel to their treatment plan.

Studies on Seroquel treatment for bipolar disorder found that the drug appeared helpful in controlling symptoms of depression in bipolar patients, and also seemed to ease their anxiety levels. These findings led to new studies conducted in 2007 and 2008 to determine whether Seroquel might be an effective treatment for generalized anxiety disorder and major depression.

A two-month study comparing Seroquel and a placebo in people suffering from generalized anxiety disorder found that the drug did improve anxiety symptoms more than the placebo. Symptoms began improving by one week into the study and continued to improve throughout the two months. Another study found that Seroquel worked better than a placebo in improving depression symptoms, beginning as quickly as the fourth day of treatment.

The most commonly reported side effects of Seroquel include dry mouth, sedation, sleepiness, headaches, and dizziness. As with other antipsychotic medications, Seroquel carries a risk of a muscle disorder called tardive dyskinesia. This incurable neurological disorder may occur with prolonged use of Seroquel at a high dosage.

There are other rare but serious side effects associated with antipsychotic medications, such as neuroleptic malignant syndrome, and possible metabolic side effects that should be taken into consideration before beginning treatment with Seroquel.

Photo: Pixabay

Anxiety Support Groups

More Articles

Stress plus Type A traits can boost one's risk of having a stroke, according to findings published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery...

Having an anxiety disorder can seriously debilitate your quality of life. If you’re suffering from anxiety, you know that it can affect your...

We know it is necessary to breathe but do not always appreciate how important it is to breathe well.

In all types of meditation, energy...

Risperidone is the generic name of an atypical antipsychotic that is sometimes prescribed off-label to treat anxiety and anxiety disorders. It is...

Getting around town during peak traffic hours can bring stress to even the most relaxed of us, but what if just getting in your car is enough to...

More Articles

All of the little things we do to help ourselves gradually allow us to feel and do better.

If you are prone to anxiety, be attentive to how...

By now, everyone knows that exercise improves health on many levels--including mental health as well as physical health. There have been a number...

Panic is real, and panic disorder is considered to be an illness. A panic attack is very painful and feelings of depression and helplessness may...

Withania somnifera, known commonly as ashwagandha, sounds like a good name for an avatar in a fantasy game, but it is already the name of an herb...

Anafranil is the brand name of the tricyclic antidepressant clomipramine. It is approved by the FDA to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder and is...

In the movie The Phenomenon, the main character (played by John Travolta) was under a tremendous amount of stress. He seemed to be at a breaking...

The difference between anxiety and depression isn't as clear as one might initially assume. While they are different disorders with different...

Two new studies shed light on the link between digestive irritation and anxiety, suggesting that physical digestive problems may cause...

Making deep emotional connections with family and friends reduces stress, creates happiness, and can actually keep you healthier. In other words,...

Dysthymia is a chronic depression that is less severe than major depression, but which can last for years at a time. While people with dysthymia...

Post-traumatic stress disorder and depression are two different psychological problems, but they occur together among a large number of people. A...

Your friends and family tell you to relax and lighten up, and that you seem to be silent and sluggish lately. Are they right?. Are you really...

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) can be a crippling condition that keeps you from living your life, but sometimes the prescription anxiety...

A couple dozen people are waiting to board a plane, and at the last minute the flight is delayed...

One person immediately runs up to the...

Over the course of my 14 plus years of having an Anxiety disorder, I have read so much information and learned so many techniques for controlling...