How is anxiety treated in patients with schizophrenia?

Updated: Mar 16, 2018
  • Author: Frances R Frankenburg, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Treatment is keyed to the source of the anxiety. Antipsychotics usually relieve anxiety that is part of an acute psychotic episode; only limited data are available on treatment of comorbid anxiety disorders. Following treatment recommendations for primary anxiety disorder would be reasonable in many cases; however, fluvoxamine and other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) should be used cautiously in patients receiving clozapine; they can raise clozapine blood levels. Benzodiazepines may be helpful but carry their own risks. [69, 70]


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