Seroquel (Generic: quetiapine fumarate), the popular drug used by millions of Americans to treat Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder has been linked to serious, life threatening side effects. The side effects of Seroquel include, Hyperglycemia, Diabetes, Ketoacidosis, Pancreatitis, Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS), Tardive Dyskinesia (TD), Diabetic Comas and death.
What is Seroquel?
Seroquel, known generically as Quetiapine, is a prescription medication classified as an atypical antipsychotic. It is normally used in the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but has also been used “off-label” in the treatment of autism, sleep disorders, alcoholism, restless leg syndrome, and post traumatic stress disorder.
What is the Problem?
In 2003, the FDA asked all manufacturers of atypical antipsychotic medications, including AstraZeneca, to add a Warnings statement describing the increased risk of hyperglycemia and diabetes in patients taking these medications, including Seroquel.
A study in Philadelphia was conducted on U.S. military veterans, which demonstrated that Seroquel and other members of a new class of antipsychotic drugs were linked to a higher risk of diabetes, but the risk of diabetes was greatest with Seroquel.