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Seroquel (quetiapine) is an antipsychotic medication originally used as treatment for schizophrenia and acute manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder. It has allegedly been linked to increased weight gain as well as serious Seroquel side effects including hyperglycemia and diabetes, tardive dyskinesia, neuroleptic malignant syndrome and birth defects.

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Seroquel

Seroquel is a member of a category of drugs called "psychotropics". It was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in September 1997 as a treatment for schizophrenia and in 2004 the antipsychotic was approved for the treatment of mania associated with bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness) such as delusions, thought disorder, hallucinations, social withdrawal, lack of energy, apathy, and reduced ability to express emotion. (Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, it affects approximately 5.7 million adult Americans, or about 2.6 percent of the US. population age 18 and older every year and it is the sixth leading cause of disability in the world.)

SeroquelSeroquel is also widely prescribed "off-label", meaning it is prescribed for conditions other than those originally approved by the FDA. (Although it is not illegal to prescribe drugs off-label, it is illegal to market drugs for non-FDA approved uses.) Seroquel is also prescribed to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), general anxiety disorders, sleep disorders and depressive episodes associated with bipolar disorder, insomnia and other sleep disorders.

Seroquel Warnings and Side Effects

In 2003 the FDA required AstraZeneca, Seroquel's manufacturer, to add black box warnings to Seroquel's label after receiving several reports of increased diabetes rates among antipsychotic drug users. The reports indicated that Seroquel users face the highest risk of developing diabetes compared to other atypical antipsychotic medications. One study found that Seroquel users had 3.34 times more reported cases of diabetes compared to older first generation antipsychotic medications.

A later study reported the antipsychotic was associated with hyperglycemia, in some cases leading to ketoacidosis, coma, or death. In May 2005 the FDA ordered manufacturers of atypical (also known as 'second-generation'), antipsychotic medications--including Seroquel--to add another warning to the already existing black-box warnings, stating that the drugs are associated with an increased risk of death related to psychosis and behavioral problems in elderly patients with dementia.

In some cases, hyperglycemia and high blood sugar can lead to coma or death through dehydration, kidney failure, and cardiovascular disease. Diabetes mellitus can also lead to erectile dysfunction, blindness, gangrene and limb amputation.

Seroquel side effects also include neuroleptic malignant syndrome, which is characterized by fever and muscle rigidity. Other serious Seroquel side effects include tardive dyskinesia or uncontrollable movements.

Seroquel Lawsuits

As of September 2008, nearly 9,000 lawsuits had been filed against AstraZeneca, the maker of the blockbuster Seroquel. Almost 6,000 Seroquel lawsuits had been filed by injured victims in federal court and another 3,000 Seroquel cases were filed in various state courts involving 7,492 more plaintiff groups.

In federal court, the Seroquel litigation has been consolidated in a Multidistrict Litigation (MDL), which is centralized in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. About 5,829 of the lawsuits are currently in the MDL, where they are being handled together for pretrial proceedings. If the cases do not resolve during pretrial litigation, the MDL procedures require that the cases be sent back to the court where they were filed for trial.

AstraZeneca says it has been served with complaints involving over 13,000 plaintiff groups. One legal expert predicts that AstraZeneca's defense costs will reach $10 billion. (Zyprexa litigation involved similar claims, i.e., diabetes and weight gain. Eli Lilly, the Zyprexa manufacturer, paid approximately $1.2 billion to settle about 30,000 individual Zyprexa lawsuits.)

Seroquel Legal Help

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes while using Seroquel, you may qualify for damages or remedies that may be awarded in a possible class actioin lawsuit. Please click the link below to submit your complaint to a lawyer who will review your claim at no charge or obligation.

Last updated on Feb-27-14

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READER COMMENTS

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!4 years ago Seroquel gave me a life I never had, And is been taking my life all in at once. I became hypothyroid IE fat 8 years ago. I am naturely skinny women 110 lb so skinny I was ever abel to put any weight on till Seroquel 40 Lbs I was 155. Each time we increased my dose a whole new set of problems At 650 to 725 mg, I would get phenmonia gain more weight. I have extensive coronary artery in my Lad from all the bad foods it makes you crave. I tried to go off seven years ago I wrote Ophra Dr Phill Dr. Oz & no one would touch me with a ten foot pole. Then I realized If I could try to help get this off the market but then down the road a bit and then realized the side effects would kill me. I tried to go off real slow with doctors help after two in a half months I went from 700 to 450 mg and all hell broke lose in my entire body . I went to the er I thought I was having a heart attack my blood pressure was all over the place .The pain in my entire body was so bad my 12 year old son was trying to drag me to the bed I told him to just leave me on the floor. How was I going to go to the bathroom without screaming out in pain I could not bend my wrist ankles knees no amount of pain medicine worked. It was like acid burning through my veins in my legas and arms my arms were numb I did not want to live the rest of my life like that so I figured I am going through with drawls all these months & no doctor knew it! I figured it out myself after going back up on my milgrams. A lot of the pain subsided but I have not been the same since the meds do not work well any more. Now I am faceing Multilble MYalomas- tumors that there other drug Nexium causes I am a goner thank you seroquel and nexium. There are 85 withdrawl and side ffects synmtoms to Seroquel I found that info seven years ago. I had at least 25 of them. Wow what a rollycoaster ride astrozenica has taken me on. My death will come from seroquel & now nexium....too. Now I am on medcade & they don't want to give name brand I had to fight medicade with evey once of strength I had the good news is I won. but not really seroque is a death sentence. If anyone out there has been on just a few years you have a pretty good chance of not going through what I have been going through I say talk to your doctor about getting of ASAP but do not do it alone I can not stress that part enough > DO NOT DO IT ALONE PLEAS! It is to late for me I have been on for Seroquel too long it is in every part of me bones muscles etc. Oh I forgot my muscles how could I for get that... I now have muscle wasting from Seroquel. I hope this helps patients looking for answers. I have not done the law suit I just found this article. Should who would I call any advice would help.

Posted by
Missouri
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On January 26, 2015, I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes due to Seroquel use.

Posted by
California
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My psychiatrist prescribed me Seroquel. I told her I was worried about diabetes. She was not careful about my blood sugar monitoring, and sure enough, I now have type 2 diabetes. My neuropathy is brutal. I can't feel my feet, have constant pain in feet and hands.

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Connecticut
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Was used for bi-polar disorder until march 3rd 2007 at which point i went septic and went into diabetic (too much sugar) shock.

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Florida
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I have casual to severe hand tremors, and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism.

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Texas
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Severe depression including suicidal idealization, decreased motor functions causing limited use of my left hand... my writing hand, memory loss and permanent brain damage.

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Alabama
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I now have Type 1 Diabetes. I was researching Seroquel when I started getting sick months ago and knew it was Seroquel causing it. My doctor made me cut back on the dose, not stop and I was near a diabetic coma on 12/01/2008 and was sent directly to ICU at St. Vincents Hospital. I am 5'8", was a healthy 130. I now weigh 100lbs. I lost 30 lbs in less than one month. I now test (finger prick) 5 times a day and take insulin shots 2 times per day. This is horrible.

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Florida
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I have gained weight to an unacceptable level. I have developed hypoglycemia and am sick with the up and down blood glucose levels making me constantly tired and sleepy and unable to function productively. I have developed excessive sweating from the neck up and have just been diagnosed with diabetes since being on seroquel.

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Utah
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My weight has shot up exponetially and I can not sleep while taking the medicine. My physician thinks I have diabetes with onset from seroquel. In addition, I always have an asthma episode when taking the medication prescribed for BiPolar disorder.

Posted by
Ontario
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Since being on seroquel for anxiety and sleeping problems I have developed something called Depersonalization disorder which is ruining my life and making it hard for me to do every day things.

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California
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Numerous side effect related symptoms. I've recently been diagnosed with symptomatic diabetes.

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Ohio
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After being diagnosed with Insulin Resistances my health Insurance went up plus a high dedicible now. My vision is terrible. My blood sugar would drop causing me to have a seizure.

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California
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Over the course of one year while taking Seroquel, I gained hundreds of pounds. During this time my food was portioned by nurses and there is no explanation for the extensive weight gain. I also had tons of blurred vision throughout this time. I am stuck in a situation where I know the weight gain was from taking this medicine. My doctor is keeping an eye on my blood-sugar level. Though I am doing okay now, I worry that I took the medicine.

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Kentucky
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My blood sugar got to over 600 and I went in and out of conciousness and was put into the hospital for diabetic ketoacidocis while on SEROQUEL. My mother, who is an RN, told me recently that SEROQUEL can cause diabetics to go into ketoacidocis.

Posted by
Oklahoma
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I was prescribed seroquel in 2004 and diagnosed with diabetes in 2007. At the time I had no insurance and limited ability to see a doctor.

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Tennessee
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Have taken seroquel for over 10 years...was recently diagnosed with diabetes. I never knew about the new warning labels there was no indication that i could cause harm when i began taking the drug. I now have diabetes and am only 36 years old.

Posted by
Washington
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I have aquired diabetes through the use of Seroquel when hospitalized for 90 days for a perforated ulcer at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA, Seroquel was used to keep patient sedated because of open wound on patients chest area. Doctors and RN's told patient the use of insulin was quite comon in surgery's even though patient had no problems of diabetes before.

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Texas
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I have spent hundreds of dollars I do not have to get the necessary treatment for the onset of a disease I should not have ever developed. I am sick now, feeling sluggish, my ankles swell horribly, my hands swell also and make it hard to function (especially work); I have developed a non-stop migraine that does not go away and now have to take another medication, Maxalt. My stomach hurts different now than it used to and I tire and fatigue easily as compared to months ago, it is getting worse even with diet changes.

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