Seroquel Side Effects

The risks of these drugs are provided so the public can make informed, educated decisions. Seroquel is a newer antipsychotic drug. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a black box warning about antipsychotics increasing the risk of death in elderly with dementia. It is also known as Quetiapine, Quetiapine XL, Quetiapine XR, Seroquel XR.

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Seroquel Drug Warnings:

There have been 15 drug regulatory agency warnings from four countries (United States, Canada, Australia and South Africa). These include the following (note that some warnings cite more than one side effect, so the list below may not be equal to the total number of warnings):

3 warnings on Seroquel causing death or increased risk of death
3 warnings on Seroquel causing withdrawal reactions
3 warnings on Seroquel causing blood disorders
2 warnings on Seroquel causing weight gain/obesity
2 warnings on Seroquel causing diabetes
2 warnings on Seroquel causing suicidal behaviour or ideation
2 warnings on Seroquel causing birth defects
2 warnings on Seroquel causing involuntary movements
2 warnings on Seroquel causing strokes
2 warnings on Seroquel causing heart problems

Seroquel Drug Studies:

There have been 27 studies in six countries (United States, Denmark, United Kingdom, Spain, Canada and Israel). These include the following (note that some studies cite more than one side effect, so the list below may not be equal to the total number of studies):

5 studies on Seroquel causing weight gain/obesity
5 studies on Seroquel causing death or increased risk of death
3 studies on Seroquel causing diabetes
3 studies on Seroquel causing heart problems
2 studies on Seroquel causing Parkinson’s Disease
1 study on Seroquel causing violence
1 study on Seroquel causing Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (a life-threatening neurological disorder)
1 study on Seroquel causing cognitive decline
1 study on Seroquel causing strokes

Adverse Reaction Reports Filed with the US FDA: There have been 37,268 adverse reactions reported to the US FDA in connection with Seroquel (quetiapine).

The FDA estimates that less than 1% of all serious events are ever reported to it, so the actual number of side effects occurring are most certainly higher.

  • 7,473 cases of diabetes mellitus
  • 3,732 cases of type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • 3,236 cases of insomnia
  • 3,138 cases of pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
  • 2,018 cases of weight increased
  • 1,448 cases of somnolence
  • 1,296 cases of death
  • 1,289 cases of ketoacidosis (build up of the chemical ketone in the blood)
  • 1,254 cases of malaise (unease or discomfort)
  • 1,197 cases of anxiety


Documented Side Effects of Seroquel:
Source: Physicians Desk Reference, National Institutes of Health’s Medline Plus, and/or the drug label.

Agitation
Breast enlargement in males
Changes in vision
Confusion
Difficulty breathing/ swallowing
Difficulty speaking/ using language
Difficulty thinking/ concentrating
Dizziness

Fast or irregular heartbeat
Hives
Irritability
Liver disease
Loss of coordination
Numbness, burning, or tingling in arms/legs
Pain in the joints, back, neck, or ears
Seizures
Somnolence

Sore throat, fever, chills, difficult or painful urination and other signs of infection
Uncontrollable movements
Unusual bleeding or bruising
Unusual dreams
Weight gain



Note: Side effects of psychiatric drugs can persist for months, if not years, after stopping them.
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This brochure is a simple guide that documents the dangerous and deadly side effects of the drugs prescribed to millions of men, women and children diagnosed with bogus mental disorders.