At this time, Pulaski Law Firm, P.L.L.C. is not accepting new clients who developed diabetes or pancreatitis from using Seroquel
Seroquel (generic name: quetiapine fumarate), AstraZeneca schizophrenia drug, has been linked with a high incidence of type 2 diabetes, hyperglycemia and other blood sugar disorders. Seroquel is in the class of drugs called atypical antipsychotics, which are a newer class of antipsychotics touted as having a lower incidence of blood sugar disorders than the older medications such as Haldol and Thorazine. Seroquel was approved by the FDA in 1997.
Seroquel Has Been Linked to Type 2 Diabetes
Seroquel is intended to manage the symptoms of schizophrenia including symptoms, such as delusions, thought disorder, hallucinations and other symptoms including, social withdrawal, lack of energy, apathy, and reduced ability to express emotion. Seroquel affects a broad range of neurotransmitter receptors, including serotonin and dopamine receptors. In addition to schizophrenia, Seroquel has been prescribed for the treatment of acute bipolar mania, agitation and severe anxiety in people with a wide range of psychotic illnesses. It has also been prescribed off-label for many less severe psychological disorders and for disorders in children. Seroquel and the other newer atypical antipsychotic drugs were intended to have full antipsychotic activity, with the advantage of fewer and less severe motor side effects and extrapyramidal symptoms such as akahisia (restlessness and fidgety movements), tardive dyskinesia (involuntary, uncontrollable movements), and akinesia (drug-induced Parkinsonianism, including tremors). Instead of having less side effects, it has been found after Seroquel and the other drugs in the class were approved and used by millions that the risk of developing diabetes was so high.
Seroquel & Pancreatitis
Seroquel has also been linked with pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is a large gland behind the stomach and close to the duodenum. The duodenum is the upper part of the small intestine. The pancreas secretes digestive enzymes into the small intestine through a tube called the pancreatic duct. These enzymes help digest fats, proteins, and carbohydrates in food. The pancreas also releases the hormones insulin and glucagon into the bloodstream. These hormones help the body use the glucose it takes from food for energy.
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Pulaski Law Firm has successfully resolved claims on behalf of its clients who developed diabetes after using Seroquel.