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Seroquel is the brand name for Quetiapine, a type of atypical antipsychotic drug that is manufactured and marketed by AstraZeneca. Seroquel has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of schizophrenia and the manic aspect of bipolar disorder. Additionally, the atypical antipsychotic is commonly prescribed to treat a number of other conditions ranging from post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety disorders, to alcoholism and obsessive compulsive disorder.
AstraZeneca is currently working to get Seroquel approved for the monotherapeutic treatment of bipolar depression.
Seroquel Side Effects – Seroquel and Diabetes
Although Seroquel use has proven to be an effective drug treatment for people suffering from a number of mental disorders and related conditions, the atypical antipsychotic has also been linked with the development of a number of serious side effects.
Two serious Seroquel side effects are the development of neuroleptic malignant syndrome and/or tardive dyskinesia. These rare Seroquel side effects are life-threatening neurological disorders that are most often caused by the use of neuroleptic or antipsychotic drugs.
Seroquel and Diabetes
One of the more serious side effects associated with the use of Seroquel is the potential development of diabetes. Like most other atypical antipsychotic medications, Seroquel carries a risk of promoting diabetes, high cholesterol or obesity in patients. It is highly recommended that patients using Seroquel be monitored closely by their doctor to ensure that they are not in danger of developing a diabetic condition.
The onset of diabetes resulting from use of Seroquel can occur suddenly and without warning. If a diabetic condition goes untreated, it could have serious consequences that can include diabetic coma or death. People who have developed a case of diabetes as a result of using Seroquel may be entitled to receive compensation.
Seroquel Side Effects
The most common Seroquel side effect is also used as a therapeutic agent; sedation. Seroquel is one of the most sedating antipsychotic drugs on the market, suggesting why it is often prescribed as a treatment for certain sleep disorders.
Some of the other side effects that are commonly associated with the use of Seroquel include:
- Memory problems
- Upset stomach
- Weight gain
AstraZeneca has found itself at the center of ongoing controversy regarding patient / doctor warnings about the potential development of diabetes resulting from Seroquel use. US regulators have argued that such warnings were not made readily available to those most in need of them, putting Seroquel users at risk of developing a serious and potentially fatal diabetic condition. As such, people who have been injured as a result of using Seroquel may be eligible to receive compensation for their injuries.
Drug manufacturers are responsible for ensuring the safety and efficacy of their products before marketing them for public consumption. Failure to do so is considered negligent and grounds for defective drug litigation. The Pensacola personal injury attorneys of Aylstock, Witkin Kreis & Overholtz handle national litigation across the United States for victims injured by defective pharmaceuticals and medical devices. They have successfully represented and obtained substantial compensation for a number of patients who have been harmed by drugs. Contact AWKO law today at (844) 794-7402 to get more information about your rights as a Seroquel injury victim.