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Can i use injectable, long-lasting anti-psychotic medication be used to treat my anxiety?

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Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
See Cochran review: Authors' conclusions: "the available data on Olanzapine and Risperidone are too limited to draw any conclusions. Monotherapy with quetiapine seems to be efficacious in reducing symptoms of generalised anxiety disorder and this effect may be similar to that of antidepressants. However, quetiapine's efficacy must be weighed against its lower tolerability (e.g., weight gain and sedation).".
Dr. Jonathan Shedler
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Unecessary risk: It would be using a canon to shoot a canary. Most forms of anxiety can be treated in psychotherapy, but it may require time and work and commitment- there is no magic bullet. Medication may augment psychotherapy, but medication alone is not optimal treatment. Using antipsychotics to treat non-psychotic conditions seems unwise, except as a last resort. These drugs are not harmless.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Can injectable, long-lasting anti-psychotic medications be used to treat anxiety?

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Dr. Alon Seifan
Neurology 13 years experience
Possibly: In 2010, a systematic review of studies assessing antipsychotics for anxiety was performed. Results showed that quetiapine, but not Olanzapine or risperidone, was effecive in some of the trials. However, there were side effects (weight gain, sedation) that need to be considered. Also, quetiapine is not one of the long-lasting injectable anti-psychotics.

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