Generically known as quetiapine, Seroquel is an oral antipsychotic medication that alters the brain’s chemicals to help treat schizophrenia, bipolar mania and bipolar depression. In some cases, Seroquel may also be prescribed in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, insomnia or anxiety disorders, though this drug is not explicitly FDA approved to do so.
FDA Warns Consumers About Dangerous Side Effects
Seroquel has been reported to cause a range of severe side effects that, in the worst cases, can result in fatality. In fact, since 2005, the FDA has issued three different warnings regarding Seroquel:
- In 2005, the FDA alerted the public that Seroquel increased the risk of death in patients over 65 who also suffer from dementia
- In 2006, the FDA warned that Seroquel was associated with suicidal tendencies in children
- In 2007, the FDA announced that Seroquel was known to cause suicidal tendencies in children, adolescents and adults
Seroquel Side Effects
Though rare, severe, life-threatening side effects of Seroquel include:
- Blood sugar disorders, including diabetes
- Neuroleptic malignant syndrome, a potentially fatal neurological condition accompanied by fever, delirium, muscle rigidity and balance
- Tardive dyskinesia, an incurable condition marked by involuntary movements, such as grimacing, rapid eye blinking and rapid movements of the extremities
Who Is At Risk?
Those who have a medical history of any of the following conditions typically have a higher risk of developing Seroquel side effects and, as a result, should discuss their medical history with their doctor before starting a course of Seroquel:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Heart problems
- High cholesterol
- Liver or kidney disease
- Low white cell blood counts
- Thyroid disorders
While some of these patients may be prescribed an altered dose of Seroquel, many will be prescribed an alternative medication due to their extremely high risk of developing severe side effects.
Have You Been Injured by Seroquel?
Millions of Americans have taken Seroquel, and as a result are at risk of developing a serious injury. If you or a loved one has suffered a severe injury following use of Seroquel, contact Gacovino, Lake & Associates to schedule a free and confidential consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Our lawyers understand that drug manufactures have a responsibility to American consumers. When a medication results in injury, our lawyers fight aggressively to ensure all responsible parties are held accountable. For nearly two decades, we have consistently proved our professionalism, legal prowess and high ethical standards. To find out how we can help you, contact us today.