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Seroquel

Serious Consequences for Unapproved Seroquel Uses in Children

Seroquel (quetiapine) is an atypical anti-psychotic medication approved to treat symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The drug was approved by the FDA in 1997 for treatment in adults and only recently became approved for limited uses in children. Unfortunately, that has not stopped thousands of doctors from prescribing Seroquel to children for unapproved and untested uses, with serious consequences.

APPROVED USES FOR CHILDREN

Seroquel has only been approved for the following:

  • Schizophrenia- Treatment of schizophrenia in adolescents aged 13-17 (approved in 2009).
  • Bipolar Disorder- Acute treatment of manic episodes associated with Bipolar I Disorder in children and adolescents aged 10-17 (approved in 2009).

OFF-LABEL PRESCRIBING OF SEROQUEL IN CHILDREN

Seroquel has only been FDA-approved to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in certain age groups of children. While the drug companies cannot market or advertise the drug for any uses beyond those approved by the FDA, doctors may still prescribe the medication as they see fit. While legal, this practice of “off-label” prescribing may leave children at risk for serious side-effects without any evidential proof of benefit. Off-label uses of Seroquel include:

  • Autism
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Aggression and disruptive behavior disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Depression
SEROQUEL SIDE-EFFECTS
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Pancreatitis
  • Diabetes
  • Suicide, suicidal thoughts
  • Gynecomastia (breast development in males)
  • Nueroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS)
  • Cellulitis (severe skin inflammation)
  • Nuetropenia (decreased white blood cell count)
  • Tardive Dyskinesia (involuntary movements including tics, twitches, muscle contractions)

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