Used to treat schizophrenia, Seroquel is a popular antipsychotic drug that has been linked to life-threatening conditions including diabetes and pancreatitis. Unfortunately, symptoms of these diseases can go unnoticed. If left unchecked, they can lead to coma and even death.
Seroquel is part of a group of drugs known as atypical antipsychotics, which are second-generation drugs used to treat psychological conditions including schizophrenia, mania and bipolar disorder. First-generation drugs, such as Prolixin, were effective in treating psychological disorders, but lead to countless side effects including weight gain, cramping and muscle stiffness. Second-generation medicines, including Seroquel, intend to provide the same benefits as older antipsychotics without as many side effects. Since its approval in 1997, Seroquel has quickly become the drug of choice for schizophrenia patients.
Reports have recently surfaced, however, that Seroquel can unexpectedly raise blood sugar while increasing insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes. In fact, Seroquel was over 3 times more likely to cause diabetes than any older antipsychotic drug. If diabetes in a Seroquel user goes unchecked, the disease can lead to coma, blindness and death. Because Seroquel can raise blood sugar, users are also at risk for pancreatitis, a condition that can lead to diabetes, coma or ketoacidosis.
Seroquel users should be aware of symptoms of elevated blood sugar or diabetes, including:
- Excessive thirst
- Increased urination
Complications from elevated blood sugar levels can be deadly. Contact your physician immediately if you are experiencing the above symptoms.
Seroquel users who have developed diabetes or pancreatitis should fill out our free case evaluation form on the right. Our Seroquel attorneys can help ensure the pharmaceutical company is held liable for your suffering. Contact us today to find out if you are eligible for compensation through a Seroquel lawsuit.