What is Seroquel Prescribed or Used For?
When learning of the link between the drug and serious conditions like diabetes, consumers often want to know - what is Seroquel prescribed for? Seroquel was originally designed to treat schizophrenia, a devastating and debilitating disease that affects the way the mind perceives reality through sensory information. The drug is also used to treat symptoms caused by the mania spectrum of bipolar disorder. Doctors have also prescribed Seroquel in so-called "off label" uses for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, the hallucinations caused by Requip use in treating Parkinson's disease, and obsessive compulsive disorder, and the drug has also been used as a sedative for people with sleep disorders.
FDA Approved Usage
The Food and Drug Administration sets stringent guidelines for the approved uses of the drugs it authorizes, both to protect public health and safety as well as to make pharmaceutical companies accountable for the drugs they produce. Although certainly no drug is ever perfect, the FDA approved usage protocol involves a stringent process to weigh the potential risks with the potential benefits. Generally speaking, as long as a drug's benefits outweigh the risks, the FDA will approve it for sale and use in the U.S.
The FDA approved usage for Seroquel in 1997 was the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar mania. Schizophrenia is a mental disease that causes people to fail to perceive and express reality properly and can cause hallucinations, delusions, and disorganized thinking processes. The condition also frequently occurs with other mental disorders such as clinical depression, anxiety, and social phobias. Schizophrenia is not multiple personality disorder, as frequently portrayed in the mass media.
Doctors also prescribe Seroquel in the FDA approved usage of treatment for the mania stage of bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder characterized by extremes in emotion usually involving hyperactive and increased sexual desires, increased irritability, and abnormal levels of euphoria. Seroquel balances out these feelings and gives the patient stability to interact with others more appropriately.
Non-FDA Approved/Off label Usage
Even though the FDA sets guidelines for using drugs for their intended purpose, once they are in the market doctors often prescribe them for treating similar conditions without seeking permission from drug manufacturers. Many of these drug companies do not discourage these non-FDA approved or "off label" usages because while potentially unsafe, they increase sales of the drug in question. Many doctors use Seroquel to treat many conditions such as obsessive/compulsive disorder, anxiety, sleep disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and senile dementia.
Unfortunately, this means that the side effects of using Seroquel for non-FDA approved or off label usages are unknown. One such case of the risks of a non-FDA approved or off label usage involves the deaths of patients taking the drug for treatment of senile dementia. Statistics complied by a study conducted at the University of Southern California revealed that patients who took atypical antipsychotics including Seroquel demonstrated a two to three percent increase in fatalities over patients that took placebos. This is merely one danger of using drugs like Seroquel for purposes other than which they were intended.
If you or someone you love experienced the adverse consequences of Seroquel use, make sure that you contact an experienced and knowledgeable defective drug lawyer today. You could be entitled to financial reparations for your pain and suffering, but varying state statute of limitation laws could close your window of opportunity before your voice is heard. Let a compassionate Seroquel attorney help you today.