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 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.
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