I have problems with major depression as well as anxiety and panic disorder. I take Effexor for the depression, and Neurontin and Klonopin for the anxiety. This worked well for a while but lately my panic attacks occassionally break through even this. My doctor suggested a small dose of Seroquel. He told me it is like a tranquilizer. Is this true and how well does this medicine work for anxiety and panic attacks? Also do most people experience weight gain? Im already on one med that made me gain 25lbs that wont budge no matter what I do. I dont want to gain anymore
Seroquel is effective for some poeple in treating anxiety. It will make you sleepy most likely. Unfortunately it is known for causing weight gain, but I suspect at a low dose you would be ok. Just going to have to give it a try and see how ya do. Fortunately there are other meds the doctor can try if this one doesn't work so hang in there.
Hello bethmed. just to add my thoughts.I was on seroquel for several years. Its used most often as an anti-depressant. Actually, in regards to anxiety, because of its sedative effects, you'll feel less anxiety. Most people take it at night/evening because it will make you sleepy. (thats the reason I took it, to help me to sleep). Weight gain is a definite problem. Its the one side effect that seems to effect most people who take it. and a reason why some people just stop taking it. To be honest, I'd ask my dopctor for a different medication, in regards to your anxiety/panic attacks. You most probably will not beable to take the seroquel during the day because chances are likely will be getting the urge to fall asleep.best to you.
i find that klonopin makes me gain weight. and there's no loosing it no matter what i do. is there any thing that does the same thing with out the weight gain?
I take effexor xr for 150 mg For severe panic attack disorder it worked a while and then they added lamictol which is for epilepsy and it destroyed my panic attacks for 10 years until now. I just started seroquel 150 mg 4 weeks ago and it is perfect. I take it at night and I actually sleep at night. I don't have any side effects that I notice at all. You just have to be aware of your eating. I have not gained any weight on it yet. My doc said take it at night 12 hours before you want to wake up. I still can wake up in the middle of the night sometimes but I am fine waking up and going about my day. It is remarkable how controlling your sleep takes care of my panic attacks. Hope it helps.
I absolutely hate the drug Seroquel. For one it's not Fda approved for anxiety, or panic attacks, or sleep. I started using this awful drug 10 months ago and I started it for my BPD, and sleep issues; However this devils drug only gave me more problems. Please people watch your heart on this drug. Seroquel has been known to raise your blood sugar in your body and has been linked to diabetes # 2. Thank god I don't have D2, Atleast not yet. My sugar levels were high the last time I saw my doc. This very awful drug once knocked me out for a goodnights rest.. And now it wakes me up with heart palpitations every night. I've had so many scares I'm having a heart attack. My body starts to feel clammy and my legs go numb ringing in my ears. I never had any issues with my heart are ringing in my ears or my chest hurting. Yes I had issues with sleep but I never felt my heart flutter and hear my heart beating so fast before using this awful deadly drug.
It's been a nightmare. Since April 2016, I've been to the ER room a 100 times because I felt I was going to die. I've said my prayers as if was my last day on earth. Please beware and do your research on this before you let it take control of your life. Now I can't sleep and have god awful chest pain and really bad panic attacks. Just be careful folks.
Seroquel has been a god send for me in reference to anxiety issues. I take 200 mg of instant release each evening. For me at least it works better than any benzos.
That being said not everyone can take it. It is a pretty rough medication for some. And the weight gain issue is real. Especially night time eating. My psychiatrist said that it acts as a histamine in your guts, which makes you hungry. It of itself doesn't cause the weight gain. It is the excessive eating due to extreme hunger that does. If you truly watch your calories you can manage your weight on it. Like anything else, you have to maintain a calorie deficit to lose weight.
When I finally found Seroquel for bipolar disorder and my sleeping improved dramatically I couldn't be happier! I have gained about 25 lbs since starting Seroquel three years ago but I will always take it because this medicine has improved my life so much! I haven't had panic attacks since starting Seroquel and I really do believe sound sleep improves anxiety. Best of luck to you!
Seroquel has been amazing for me I take 600mg at night along with 400mg of lamictal 200mg of Topamax and 3-1mg xanax "yeah I have issues" but I wake up fine evey morning put on my big boy pants and go to work I have bipolar PTSD and other issues from combat but no physical health problems but I am sure it effects everyone different.
I have had problems with mood swings and anger for nearly thirty years. This always made me see myself as "crazy". After a resent hospital admission for hallucinations from extreme stress and anxiety (that's what the psychiatrist said where I was admitted ) I was started on Seroquel. Have been taking it now for over a month. I'm a lot more relaxed now. And I can say this is the first time in my adult life that I don't feel "crazy". As far as complaints about weight gain that people say they can't do anything about. I've had no issue. I was warned about that and made up my mind to counter act it by watching how I eat and taking up a vigorous exercise routine. So far so good. I've been through a bunch of different antidepressants (Paxil, Zoloft and Prozac/Sarafem) that never worked they seem to just mask the problem. This is the First drug that seems to be making a difference for me. Has anyone had similar experiences?
Wow, 7thtimesacharm 30 years, I thought I had it bad with over 20. Like you I tried just about everything, I don't think I've ever been properly diagnosed. The main thing is Seroquel has saved my life, My anxiety and depression levels have dropped enough so I can lead a fairly normal life. Glad it's having the same effect on you. Isn't it great to rejoin the human race again.
For my wife this even on a low dose caused her to gain weight bit she was mostly bed ridden so cant really say on that if it was the drug. I myself have been perscribed it for me it really didnt do much to be honest but on occasions I found myself to be extreamly hungry while taking it. I had days where I was fine but then this huge hunger set in and I couldnt eat enough. I found myself one day 4 days into taking it eating 7 small steaks by myself and sides and still hungry. Then I was okay for another 2 days and bam that hunger took over. My doctor changed my perscription due to it back to Valium I only needed it at night to deal with the loss of my wife. I have horrible night time anxiety. But to be honest this drug didnt make me sleepy it just made things blurry. I wouldnt recommened much. I was on a low dose maybe a stronger dose would have helped but with the extreme hunger I wouldnt chance it again.
I've been on antidepressants successfully for 25 years to fight anxiety -- Clomipramine, Effexor, Cymbalta, and now Pristiq 100 mg. The Pristiq seems to be about 80% effective, so I recentlyI recently added Zoloft to the Pristiq but that seemed to create heart palpitations and increase my anxiety as a result, so I am weaning off the Zoloft and trying propranolol (beta blocker) to control the palpitations and also reduce anxiety. I'm taking 25 mg of Seroquel for sleep. It works very well: best sleep medication I've ever had. I'm wondering if increasing the dosage of the Seroquel might be all I need to help the Pristiq so that I don't have to take the beta blockers. None of them is giving me any major side effects during the day (as long as I take the Seroquel before bed), but I just hate to be on such a cocktail of potent medications.
Is there anyone else out there who finds Seroquel helpful in reducing General Anxiety Disorder? I'm 62 years old and otherwise in excellent health but for slightly high blood pressure due to the anxiety. Thanks for any relevant thoughts…!
I just started this 2 wks ago for anxiety, and sleep. And it’s been amazing this far. I started with 25 mg, and upped to 50 mg per my dr with no issues. It does sedate me pretty well, and I try to take it at least 12 hrs before I want to get up. I have been waking up and typically going back to sleep after a full 8 hrs of sleep. Dr also has prescribed me .5 mg of Xanax for the overwhelming feelings that I sometimes get. I’m in remission from breast cancer recently, and the anxiety stepping out of treatment has been tough. But I feel my life slowly coming back, and I haven’t felt the room closing in on me hardly since I started this med. I’ve tried antidepressants in the past during tougher times, and always had one reaction or another and was never really successful at finding the right one.
I don’t know if the good nights sleep that it gives me, helps my anxiety like others mentioned above. But if that’s the case, great. I’ll take it!
I have taken anti anxiety medicine for years. My doctor once prescribed me Seroquel and I actually didn’t have to take anything else for anxiety/panic attacks. The only thing is I would have to take it about two hours before I went to bed. Forget about taking it during the day. You won’t be able to stay up. By taking it I didn’t need a sleeping pill or Xanax etc as it would last through the whole next day. It did make me a little agitated though. I stopped taking it because it is a very powerful drug. If you have a severe problem and can’t function throughout your day it’s worth trying but otherwise I would stay away from it. One thing I noticed on here is some people say they take up to 600 MG a night? I’m not sure if I’m reading that correctly. I used to take 50 MG and I was out like a light. I can’t even imagine taking that much. I’m shocked that someone can take that much and even wake up.
But I’m sure some people have very servere anxiety/ depression problems. I would say my anxiety and panic attacks and sleep disorders are moderate... I guess. I thought they were bad until I read how much some people have to take. Nevertheless it’s a powerful drug. So take with caution but if you have really bad anxiety or depression where you can’t function try it. Just start with a low dose. Like I said the drug is so strong I’m actually in shock you can even take that much...
I take seroquel at night and love the ability to sleep well. The downside is a weight gain. I finally decided that I would have sleep over a weight gain. I take Effexor in the morning and clonazepam and the Seroquel at night. Have MDD and PTSD and have since a teenager. This combination works best for me. I just go with the flow when I am really down and too much stress causes panic attacks. I can feel them coming and just get more sleep or read a lot. In my opinion there is no perfect drug or therapy but this is the best solution for me.
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