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Seroquel is an antipsychotic medication that is supposed to alleviate the mania associated with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder diseases. This is due to its highly sedating properties. Since its introduction onto the market, physicians have also prescribed Seroquel for "off-label" uses, such as to treat alcoholism, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), hallucinations (especially in those with Parkinson's disease), and sleep disorders.

AstraZeneca states that the main side effect of Seroquel is sedation; yet other, more serious, side effects have been noted by users around the globe.

These side effects include, but are not limited to:

  • neuroleptic malignant syndrome (a potentially deadly neurological disorder usually caused by a reaction to antipsychotic drugs such as Seroquel)
  • Tardive dyskinesia (a neurological disorder also associated with the use of antipsychotics like Seroquel)
  • Diabetes development
  • Cataracts
  • Pancreatitis.

For victims already struggling to control their psychoses, these unwelcome side effects of Seroquel are a cruel blow.

However, Seroquel, which is available in tablet form, has begun to hit the news as reports of its potential defectiveness have surfaced. (One St. Louis, Missouri, case may be worth $750,000 for the victim.) Unhappy Seroquel users and their doctors have begun to raise concerns about the drug's addictive nature and unwelcome (and unrevealed) side effects; truly, Seroquel's dosage (anywhere from 300-1000 mg daily) needs to be "upped" at a fast rate. This concerns many patients and their families, who wonder whether the medication is worth the money.

Though Seroquel is still available legally, our law firm is concerned that it may in fact be a defective drug that was pushed to market before enough studies were completed. (This, unfortunately, often happens when drug manufacturers and marketers are chomping at the bit to "one up" competitors by offering the public an alternative to a popular, lucrative medication.)

Therefore, we want to hear from you if you or someone you know has been negatively affected after using the drug Seroquel. You're under no obligation, and the phone call is free. Call our office today to speak with one of our legal representatives and learn why you don't have to take your victimization lying down.

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Seroquel In The News

The anti-psychotic drug Seroquel hit the news in May 2006 when a 10-count, more than $750,000 lawsuit was filed against AstraZeneca, the developer of the drug. In the case, the claimant alleged that Seroquel caused her to develop pancreatitis, a side effect her attorney says she was unaware she might develop.

Seroquel, prescribed to combat the symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, is often used "off label" by doctors to combat other illnesses. Those "off label" medical diseases and disorders include alcoholism, anxiety disorders, Parkinson's disease, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) among others.

According to its official warnings, Seroquel has a long list of potential side effects, though pancreatitis is not listed among them. The side effects noted are:

  • Sedation (It's sometimes used to treat insomnia because it causes sedation more so than other antipsychotics.)
  • Agitation
  • Memory problems
  • Headache
  • Significant weight gain
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (a potentially deadly neurological disorder usually caused by a reaction antipsychotic drugs such as Seroquel)
  • Tardive dyskinesia (a neurological disorder also associated with the use of antipsychotics like Seroquel)

Thus, the $750,000 claim questions whether Seroquel, on the market since 1997, did not disclose enough warnings about its side effects concerning the kidney, pancreas, or liver. The lawsuit also suggests that AstraZeneca did not properly test Seroquel before introducing it to the public, a common practice among some pharmaceutical companies quick to release a drug before it has been fully studied for effectiveness and long-term results.

The St. Louis case is currently in an Illinois court, assigned to Chief District Judge G. Patrick Murphy. No settlement at this time has been reached.

However, the St. Louis lawsuit alleging Seroquel's association with pancreatitis has caused other Seroquel patients and their doctors to come forward. No longer afraid to battle the "big guys", consumers everywhere who have experienced unexpected side effects from Seroquel usage are contacting attorneys and consumer advocacy groups as well as media outlets such as magazines and newspapers. In fact, it seems likely that over the next few years, as word of Seroquel's possible defective nature spreads, more and more individuals will seek restitution from AstraZeneca on behalf of themselves or loved ones.

If you or someone you know has experienced adverse effects after taking Seroquel, please consult our dedicated Seroquel lawyers. We are dedicated to representing innocent victims in pharmaceutical cases and you'll be under no obligation to pay us until we win restitution on your behalf. Contact us today.

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Seroquel Diabetes Pancreatitis Side Effects Lawsuit page updated 4/28/2014