Can Seroquel Be Used For Anxiety?

Should Seroquel be used for anxiety? Seroquel is a drug which is claasified as an atypical antipsychotic, and is mainly used in the treatment of schizophrenia. However, because of its sedative effect, it may sometimes be used to treat anxiety.

It is also sometimes prescribed for people with sleeping disorders, due to its sedatory nature. It's an antipsychotic drug and helps to change chemical actions in the brain.

Be Aware Of Side Effects

Seroquel is a drug with a long list of serious side effects. A person who is considering taking Seroquel should carefully balance the severity of their current symptoms against the possibility of temporary or permanent damage, especially if taken over the long term.

There are many drugs available for anxiety and panic attacks. If you are prescribed Seroquel by your doctor for anxiety, follow instructions strictly. Tell your doctor immediately if you are having any problems.

Seroquel can have extremely serious negative side effects. If you're older, and your doctor prescribes this for anxiety, seek a second opinion. You have many other options. Antipsychotic drugs have caused death from pneumonia and heart failure.

Some common minor side effects include constipation, dry mouth, headaches and dizziness.

There are also some side effects you should be aware of, as they could serious. These include stiff muscles, faster than normal heartbeats, suddenly feeling numb on one side and having vision and balance problems. There's also the possibility of tardive dyskinesia.

Tardive dyskinesia refers to involuntary movements, somewhat like those experienced by those with Parkinsons, and in some cases the neurological damage may be permanent but treatable with further medication used to treat Parkinsons disease. Neuroleptic malignant syndrome may also be caused by Seroquel, but not just Seroquel, but other antipsychotic drugs.

These conditions may result from prolonged use, or from increasing the dosage. You also need to be careful if you have other conditions like high cholesterol, liver or heart disease or a thyroid disorder (as well as other conditions).

Take a look at this video by the manufacturers of Seroquel XR and pay attention to the number and severity of temporary and permanent side effects this drug can cause.

Safer Options For Anxiety Treatment

If you have schizophrenia or any other psychotic illness, you may find the benefits of this drug outweigh the possible risks.

In view of the risks involved with taking Seroquel for anxiety, you may decide it's best not to go with this drug but to take something else for anxiety. The problem is that Seroquel is an antipsychotic drug, thus the risks involved.

So, can Seroquel be used for anxiety? Yes, it can be, and if you do go with it, be very disciplined and do what you're supposed to. Stay on it only as long as you need to as the probabiliyt of serious and permanent side damage increases with long term use. Keep in mind that you always have the choice of safer options.

Link to discussion about some anxiety and depression treatment alternatives.


AstraZeneca Seroquel Package Insert. Wilmington, DE: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, 2001.

Ellsworth, Allan J., et al. Mosby's Medical Drug Reference, St. Louis, MO. Mosby, Inc, 1999.

Seroquel XR commercials (video) AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.

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