Seroquel and Xanax

Authored by Matthew Idle

Edited by Alexander Bentley

Reviewed by Philippa Gold

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Seroquel and Xanax


The drugs Seroquel (also known as quetiapine) and Xanax (known as alprazolam) are often used to treat individuals suffering from psychiatric disorders. The two drugs are used differently based on the psychiatric issues an individual suffers from.


Why people take Seroquel and Xanax?


If you suffer from schizophrenia, major depression, or bipolar disorder, you may be prescribed Seroquel. Xanax is likely to be prescribed to you if you suffer from anxiety disorders and panic attacks. While Seroquel and Xanax sound very similar due to the psychiatric issues that they address, they belong to different classes of drugs. Seroquel belongs to the antipsychotic medication family, while Xanax comes from the benzodiazepine group.


Mixing Seroquel and Xanax


Using Seroquel and Xanax may cause dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. An impairment in thinking has been found in individuals, especially older people. Motor skills and judgement may also be hampered.


If you are taking Seroquel and Xanax, you should avoid alcohol. In addition, activities that require mental alertness may be difficult. Therefore, you should avoid these activities. Driving and operating heavy machinery should be avoided until you understand the side effects of the drugs.

Dangers of mixing Seroquel and Xanax


Seroquel interacts with a number of different drugs. You should speak with your doctor to understand the full impact of taking Seroquel and its side effects when taking other drugs. While Seroquel has a list of drugs that it could interact with, Xanax has an even longer list of medications it can interact with and become a danger for you.


Xanax interacts with other medications and alcohol. You should avoid consuming alcohol when taking Xanax. Xanax can interact with other medicines as well, especially drugs that make you sleepy. Medicines such as cold or allergy drugs, sedatives, narcotic pain medication, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and seizure medicines, depression and anxiety drugs all interaction with Xanax. In addition, Xanax interacts with heart or blood pressure drugs, antibiotics, antifungal medicine, and HIV or AIDS medications1Ait-Daoud, Nassima, et al. “A Review of Alprazolam Use, Misuse, and Withdrawal – PMC.” PubMed Central (PMC), Accessed 11 Oct. 2022..


Xanax can also interact with birth control pills, cimetidine, cyclosporine, dexamethasone, ergotamine, imatinib, isoniazid, St. John’s wort, and barbiturates. Xanax’s interactions with other medicines and supplements could cause death.

Side Effects of Seroquel and Xanax


The most common side effects that you may experience from taking Seroquel include:


  • Fever
  • Hot flashes
  • Heat sensitivity
  • Sweating
  • Headache
  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • sleep issues such as insomnia
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Women may experience a change in their periods
  • Temporary hair loss


The most common side effects that you may experience from taking Xanax include:


  • Drowsiness and fatigue
  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Sleep issues such as insomnia
  • Memory issues and forgetfulness
  • Poor balance and/or coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Increased sweating
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Upset stomach
  • Blurred vision
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Swelling in the hands and/or feet
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dry mouth
  • Stuffy nose
  • A lack of interest in sex

If you have a problem with Xanax?


The treatment for patients suffering from anxiety should be started with a dose of 0.25 to 0.5 mg Xanax taken three times per day. Many patients suffering from panic disorders have required larger doses of Xanax per day. A dose of more than 4.0 mg per day is often been required.


In America, psychiatrists have been prescribing Xanax at alarming rates over the last few decades. The amount of Xanax being consumed by Americans has led to individuals being addicted to the drug. The drug is also sold on the street and can be obtained illegally.


Individuals that abuse Xanax may have never used drugs previously. Due to the vast improvement in panic disorders a person feels when taking Xanax, they may struggle to wean themselves off of the drug. In addition, as the body becomes used to the drug, a person may need larger doses to feel the same as they did on smaller doses. Long-term abuse could lead you to using other drugs.


Residential Rehab for Xanax addiction


Up to 40% of individuals who use benzodiazepines such as Xanax each day develop an addiction to the drug. Luckily, residential rehab addresses the problems an individual experiences when they become addicted to Xanax. Residential rehab allows you to undergo medical detox before starting an addiction abuse program designed to treat the root cause of your issues. There are residential rehab programs designed specifically to help you treat your Seroquel and Xanax addiction. Help is available today.


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    Ait-Daoud, Nassima, et al. “A Review of Alprazolam Use, Misuse, and Withdrawal – PMC.” PubMed Central (PMC), Accessed 11 Oct. 2022.
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