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Dangerous Drug Lawsuits: Seroquel

Seroquel is an antipsychotic drug used to treat mental health problems, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. However, some doctors also may prescribe it for non-approved uses, such as anxiety or depression. This is called off-label prescription, and the problem with doing this is that this drug has been linked to serious side effects.

If you believe that injuries or illness were caused by taking Seroquel, contact a New York injury attorney who handles dangerous drug lawsuits. You could be entitled to compensation.

According to Drug Information Online, sales of Seroquel have plummeted significantly to less than $250,000 in the most recent quarter (November 2012). In the first quarter of 2012, sales exceeded $1,000,000. This could be attributed to a greater awareness of the dangers of taking the medication.

Dangerous Side Effects of Seroquel that Lead to Dangerous Drug Lawsuits

Almost all drugs come with a risk of side effects. Some are mild or unpleasant, but others can be quite severe, even deadly.

The following are some of the numerous serious side effects associated with Seroquel:

  • behavior/mood changes;
  • diabetes;
  • panic attacks;
  • hyperglycemia;
  • sleep problems;
  • pancreatitis;
  • severe drowsiness;
  • increased cholesterol;
  • irritability/aggressiveness;
  • depression;
  • significant weight gain;
  • suicidal thoughts/attempts;
  • irregular heartbeat;
  • fainting;
  • muscle spasms;
  • vision problems; and
  • sudden death (especially in older adults with dementia).

Allergic reactions also may cause you to file dangerous drug lawsuits. It’s important to recognize these signs and contact a doctor immediately if you experience them or any other unusual symptoms. Following that, you will want to call a New York injury attorney to be sure that the healthcare professional who prescribed the dangerous drug will be held responsible.

Liability for Injuries Caused by Seroquel

If you or a loved one were injured or became ill after taking Seroquel, you may wonder if you can file a dangerous drug lawsuit. Seeking legal advice from a New York injury attorney can help you understand your rights.

Liability will depend on the circumstances surrounding your case. For instance, it could be that the doctor who prescribed the drug failed to discuss the risks. You might have opted not to take the drug had you known them.

Doctors also should be aware of certain medical conditions (such as irregular heartbeat or low levels of magnesium/potassium) that can interfere with the drug, resulting in injuries. If your medical history is known but Seroquel is still prescribed, the physician may be liable in dangerous drug lawsuits.

There are also certain medications that shouldn’t be taken with Seroquel. In this situation a doctor or pharmacist who is aware of the medicines you are taking could be liable if they fail to recognize the harmful interactions.

Manufacturers also can be held liable in dangerous drug lawsuits. Even though the drug might have been manufactured properly, when serious risks are known and it’s kept on the market, they could be liable.

Liable parties can include not only healthcare providers and manufacturers, but also pharmaceutical sales reps, testing laboratories, hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and retailers. Seeking legal counsel can give you a better understanding of available options.

You may have a limited timeframe in which to file dangerous drug lawsuits, so don’t delay. Contact a New York injury attorney at Gacovino, Lake & Associates (800) 246-4878 if you or a loved one were injured after taking Seroquel.

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