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scary September 5, 2008

Filed under: antipsychotics,big pharma — clementine @ 12:26 pm
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from WebMD:

Seroquel XR, an antipsychotic drug approved to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, may ease generalized anxiety disorder, new research shows.

Seroquel XR (the “XR” stands for “extended-release”) is approved to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Its maker, the drug company AstraZeneca, is seeking FDA approval for Seroquel XR as a generalized anxiety disorder treatment.

In the new study, 854 generalized anxiety disorder patients were given either Seroquel XR, Lexapro (a prescription drug approved to treat generalized anxiety disorder and depression), or a placebo without knowing which pill they were receiving.

For eight weeks, the patients took their assigned pills daily. During that time, Seroquel XR and Lexapro beat the placebo at reducing anxiety, according to surveys completed by the patients.

Those improvements started on the fourth day of taking Seroquel XR. Lexapro was “also effective, but improvement was not seen by Day 4,” write the researchers. They included Charles Merideth, MD, of the Affiliated Research Institute Inc., a San Diego company that conducts medication studies for drug companies.

The most common side effects reported in the study were dry mouth, sleepiness, sedation, nausea, dizziness, and headache (with all pills). Constipation and insomnia were also on the list for Seroquel XR; fatigue and diarrhea were common side effects in the Lexapro group.

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One Response to “scary”

  1. Stephany Says:

    Oh yes this is scary, that AstraZeneca now has applied for EU (Europe)approval for the treatment of MDD (Major Depressive Disorder). An antipsychotic that is less than efficacious for the treatment of psychosis for depression? and it comes w a black box warning for diabetes.

    XR version in my opinion is a nightmare waiting to happen for withdrawals.

    I went off reg Seroquel cold turkey and it was a living hell. What can happen when a PCP gives a patient Seroquel XR for depression or anxiety and the patient decides they don’t need the med any longer?

    They will be shocked at how their brain became addicted to this med and XR versions of anything are even more difficult to taper.

    I fear ppl will not understand they have depression and have been rx’d an antipsychotic.

    Antipsychotics are replacing antidepressants in treatment because pharmaceutical company marketing plans have created that. It’s about profit. AstraZeneca just won approval to prevent Seroquel from going generic thru 2012.

    That high-priced med (pills are street-sale@ 3 bucks a pill)is being abused in prisons, is being snorted, and it’s out of control with marketing to children and adults.

    My number one search on my blog every single day is “seroquel withdrawals”.


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