Seroquel and Depression
Seroquel, or quetiapine, is an antipsychotic medication that is used to treat bipolar disorder (manic depression) and schizophrenia. The drug works by changing the effects of certain brain chemicals in the brain: serotonin and dopamine.
Depression is another mental health illness characterized by these chemical imbalances in the brain. Because of this, the drug is being suggested as a new form of treatment for depression and anxiety disorders. The Food and Drug Administration has shown concerns over approving the medication for patients with general depression and anxiety disorders because the drug’s side effects and risk potential may do more damage than good. The population affected by depression and anxiety is much larger than those affected by schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, meaning the drug’s approval could potentially risk a much greater number of individuals.
Potential Risks of Using Seroquel for Depression
Seroquel does have its medical benefits, but like any drug there are potential side effects. Seroquel has been shown to cause any or several of the following:
- Frequent weight gain
- Serious heart problems
- Movement disorders
- Sudden death
There are many pre-existing health conditions that can be negatively affected by Seroquel use as well and individuals must share their medical and health history with their doctor before taking this drug; the consequences could be fatal.
Considering the side effects listed above, using Seroquel for depression or anxiety is an unnecessarily high risk option since there are alternative, safer treatment options available.
Is Seroquel an Addictive Medication?
Another risk of using Seroquel is that the drug has addictive potential. While the drug can significantly reduce the symptoms of depression, many individuals grow a physical and psychological dependence to the drug and the body’s normal functioning process is altered. As Seroquel changes the levels of serotonin and dopamine in the body, the body becomes accustomed to these new synthetically-produced chemical levels. As a result, the body stops its natural regulation of these chemicals, which is how the body becomes ‘dependent’ on a drug. When a person becomes dependent on Seroquel, or any medication for that matter, he will need or rely on the drug to perform this function; without the drug the individual will lack chemical stability and feel ill. Because these drugs are responsible for one’s mood and mental cognition, an individual can easily fall into addiction attempting to avoid past depression and anxiety symptoms.
Why Seroquel Does Not Treat Depression
It should be acknowledged that Seroquel does not cure or treat depression, nor does it treat bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Seroquel is a medication that treats the symptoms of these disorders. While this medication can be useful in managing one’s symptoms, there are other non-addictive options for treating depression and improving one’s overall quality of life. Aside from medicinal anti-depressants, individuals can seek:
- Natural herb antidepressants
- Yoga and meditation
- Massage therapy
- Behavior therapy
- Exercise therapy
- Electroconvulsive therapy
- Hormone replacement therapy
And other alternative treatments also found to be quite effective in treating depression and anxiety.
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