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Unread 06-21-2009, 05:56 PM
seroquel for panic attacks

Hi girls!

so here I am back with more frustration regarding my post op hyst symptoms!!! It has been 7 months and I am still trying to claw my way back to being normal....lately I am still fighting off panic attacks...my less than adequate dr has refused to let me see a hormone specialist and instead sent me to a psychiatrist...this despite the fact I never had 1 panic attack before my surgery...anyways the psychiatrist has suggested I take a low dose of seroquel....is anyone out there taking this drug for anxiety or panics?? I would love to hear your input

Thanks

Bren
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Unread 06-22-2009, 07:31 PM
Re: seroquel for panic attacks

Bren.

I am sorry to hear that you are struggling. I would honestly suggest seeing another . You are your own best advocate when it comes to your health. Follow your instincts, find another that will listen to you.

That being said, I am a huge advocate for anti d's and anxiety meds. They have both helped me tremendously in the past. But, I KNEW I needed them. I knew my issues were not hormonal, they were most certainly psychological.

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Unread 06-23-2009, 02:27 PM
Re: seroquel for panic attacks

Hi

Thanks so much for your input....I am just so scared to take anything....I really didn't have these issues before surgery but where I live it is almost impossible to get another Dr....I am still fighting to se an endocrinologist....My GP is arguing for me to take Effexor XR and the psychiatrist I have seen wants seroquel.....I just can't figure out which is better....my main concern is I have a 6 yr old autistic son and I am scared that these drugs may affect my ability to care for him....have you tried either of this drugs?

Thanks

Bren
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Unread 06-23-2009, 07:28 PM
Re: seroquel for panic attacks

Bren,

No, I haven't tried either of those. What I like to do is research the drugs the wants me to take. Make sure you are using websites that are reliable. There is a lot of crazy info out there! I like to search the name of the drug and SIDE EFFECTS. Read the fine print on the pharm co's website. Look at the studies that have been done. Those are usually on the pharm's website. Also, talk to your pharmacist. They are front line. They can tell you what they know and what they think about a specific drug. Remember, you are your own best advocate!

Not to contradict what your are telling you but, I would get a second opinion. And most likely, I would get the second opinion from another psychiatrist. You want to be comfortable in your decision. Understand the risks and the benefits. Listen to your gut!

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Unread 06-23-2009, 07:40 PM
Re: seroquel for panic attacks

I have taken anti-anxiety and depression meds. for years. I take clonazapem (Klonopin) for the anxiety....be careful though....the xanax's, ativans, and klonopins are very addictive. Be prepared to be on them for a very brief time like just a few days or a long time. Do research and get a second opinion. Clinical (regular) anxiety and depression is hormonal as well as chemical so the meds. do work well. Ask a ton of quesitons. Good Luck! Oh! I highly recommend cognitive behavioral therapy along with the meds even if yours is just hormonally based....the therapy will help you learn how to deal with the panic attacks and can enable you to have a very, very low dose of meds. and could help you deal with them with out the meds. Some people get to where they have anxiety about having a future panic attack which the therapy helps the best with!
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Unread 06-23-2009, 09:01 PM
Re: seroquel for panic attacks

I have never taken seroquel but my daughter takes it for her fibromyalgia. It helps her sleep as well as her very very mild panic attacts. She only takes 25 mg at night. I know it causes weight gain. She gain a lot of weight on some other meds that she doesn't take anymore and works out a lot and is having a very hard time losing the weight. It has taken her about six months to loose 15 pounds. I do think it is a good med though.
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