Seroquel for anxiety, social anxiety & PTSD
I have had anxiety & social anxiety since childhood, i am 59 female. My PCP has always treated me I have been on Xanax for at least 15 years I currently take a half milligram at bedtime on a regular basis and I take a half a milligram whenever I’m having an anxiety issue. I only get 24 1 milligram pills per month so I make them last all month. I have tried Prozac but I did not like the way that it made me feel. I also tried Cymbalta and had a major panic attack after just two pills and had to go on high doses of Xanax and Xanax XR to get through that. My PCP now wants me to take Seroquel titrated up to 200 milligrams per night. After reading all the side effects of it it literally gave me an anxiety attack just reading it. I know when I tell him that I can’t take this pill he’s going to be upset with me has that’s the way he is. Anyone have used Seroquel for anxiety and PTSD here. Thank you.
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@jakedduck1 So very clever and wise.
I have taken seroquil for ten years for PTSD and anxiety. I also have 10 lorazepam per month. This seems to work well unless I am going thu a difficult situation. I consider a difficult situation is when my elderly dog passed away.
Hi, @meisha2019, and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Thanks for sharing your experiences on quetiapine (Seroquel) and Lorazepam.
I'm terribly sorry to hear about your dog passing away. Pets are like family members to many, and it's so difficult to lose them.
I might suggest two other discussions on Connect you may be interested in:
– on grieving https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/the-journey-of-grieving
– on pets and health, if you want to talk about your dog in this light at this time https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/what-pets-can-do-health-and-healing
Since you mentioned this combination works well unless you are going through a very difficult situation like loss of your dog, I wanted to invite @hopeful33250 @lioness @jakedduck1 @mizmaui444 @giffsmith and others in this discussion to return and offer their input related to situations in which mental health medications you are taking do not quite "cover" the challenge.
What have you done to manage when something like this has happened, @meisha2019?
Missyb57,. I don't know if you are still a member but I have somewhat similar background as you. I also accidentally hit this site and your comments here about osteoporosis and bypass are much like my history I believe I am meant to see them. Opioids too. I have been on opioids now close to 5 years. Taken off clonazapam. Have tough time with controlling anxiety. Depression. Been in store parking lots and felt like too many people so I would leave go home. When people are around me in Church at times, well I now see church services on TV. Very little sleep. Thought about Seroquel. Have been on it many years ago and made me sleep way too many hours. Hard time then at work just to stay awake. I am 64 now,. Last day at medical transcription 1-31-09 anniversary day almost here, devastated by no job! Disabled by Complete 'nervous breakdown' in mental hospital x3-4, private psychologist and psychiatrist for 4 years for terrible anxiety. Clonazapam 1 mg four x daily for 3-4 years, I decided to titrate down. Then osteoporosis and broke thigh hip. Rod in thigh from pelvis to knee, new hip. Oh in other leg new knee. All titanium. Two years later broke tibia fibula in six places. Much titanium there in same leg as hip and thigh. At 62 told had bones of a 90+ year old woman. Now with opioid crisis the pain meds do not ever stop pain. Anyway have been taken off anxiety meds by PCP because now at 0.5 mg three times a day too much controlled meds. To see a psychiatrist I have to drive over 100 miles and due to not able to sit on buttocks burning bone pain very many hours, and I have to drive myself, have nothing for anxiety. Prozac not for anxiety and I take it for depression. Have you found anything yet to help? I hope you have for your sake. If you would please share info. I would greatly appreciate this. Maybe something in the same family of meds would help me. I did not know this site was here.
@missyb57 I posted a reply on January 25th 2019. I don't know if you have received it. The post is under Seroquel for anxiety and my new is taburns1955. If you are still here please read maybe reply. Thank you
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Sorry you're havsuch a hard time. I have depression, anxiety , osteoarthritis, and IBS-D
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Personally I wouldn’t take Seroquil. I’ve heard many people say how helpful it’s been. I’ve also seen the other side of what some call a miracle drug, especially from schizophrenia patients. People should, in my opinion, avoid any Neuroleptic medication unless nothing else works. I know a man with Seroquil induced Diabetes and have been to the Tardive Dyskinesia Center in Oregon. I talked to many people as to what medications caused their painful and irreversible problems. Most took Antipsychotics, Antidepressants. Anticonvulsants or Antiparkinson Medications
Not a pleasant experience.
I’m sorry your suffering so, but you need to understand these phobias are irrational fears and unnecessarily interfering with your life. Phobias are highly treatable. You can overcome them. There are treatments that are very effective available for both depression and anxiety that can help that don’t subject you to the dangers these medications can cause. I know medication is sometimes warranted but should only be used as a last resort.
I hope you seek the help you need so you don’t feel it necessary to alter your lifestyle.
Health and happiness,
I am not a doctor but I'm not a fan of Seroquel. Have you tried Zoloft to help with anxiety issues? I used to get terrible anxiety attacks and am so much better being on the Zoloft. As for Seroquel, I have never taken the drug but have done reading on it for friends. One friend's doctor put her on it and she slept for 2 days straight. I had to keep waking her to give water and such. My daughter was also on it for a short time, 50 mg, and I personally don't like the drug. I feel there are so many better drugs out there nowadays. It's good that you read up on the medicines because my theory has always been that you are changing chemicals in your brain, and you need to make educated decisions about your health. Sometimes it's just finding the right anti-depressant.