Seroquel is an atypical anti-psychotic medication used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Manufactured by AstraZeneca, Seroquel (quetiapine fumarate) is an oral medication that works by affecting neurotransmitter receptors in the brain.
The Food and Drug Administration approved Seroquel in 1997 as a psychotropic medication and then again in 2006 for treatment of depressive episodes related to bipolar I and II. It is currently the only agent approved for this purpose. In addition, Seroquel is used as an off-label treatment of other disorders such as alcoholism, post-traumatic stress disorder, Parkinson’s disease and Tourette syndrome. It is also used as a sedative to treat sleep and anxiety disorders.
Along with common, minor side effects, Seroquel is associated with serious conditions, including:
Clinical studies have shown that Seroquel may increase the risk of death in elderly patients being treated for dementia. In most cases, deaths linked to Seroquel were a result of pneumonia or heart failure.
In 2005, the FDA ordered a black-box warning to be added to the Seroquel label warning of the potential for death. The FDA maintains that the drug was not approved for the treatment of elderly patients suffering from dementia.
To learn more about legal claims relating to Seroquel, consult an attorney who practices in the area of drugs and medical devices.
The Different Types of Defects | What You Need to Prove | Examples of Defective Medical Device Claims The miracles of m... Read More
Can Overdue Taxes Be Discharged in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy? It’s not uncommon, when struggling to meet your financial ... Read More
What Is It? What Is Its Purpose? How Does It Work? Are There Exceptions to Its Application? When you’re struggling t... Read More
How It Works