Let me start by saying this is MY experience and my experience only. Seroquel is a horrible drug with horrific side effects. I'm living proof. I waited about 6 weeks to post this for several reasons. I have no doubt Seroquel caused my diabetes and have been told so by many, many health professionals. I am posting this after discussing this with several Diabetic Connect members. I wish I was the only person this happened to, but I'm not. This story needs to be told. This is a partial letter I sent when I filed a formal complaint with the FDA on 12/22/2008.
I took Seroquel for "Panic Attacks" from approximately March 2008 until November 2008. I began to get sick in late summer. I was working in a very good position as senior underwriter for Wells Fargo Bank. I began to get sick and started to go down hill. I was laid off from Wells Fargo Bank on October 04, 2008 because my supervisor said "I didn't feel well most of the time." I continued to take the Seroquel but started researching it like crazy and realized it was causing all the serious side effects I was having. My doctor would not let me stop the Seroquel cold, I was on 400 mgs per day which is a VERY high dose. I am 5'8" and was between 125 and 130 at the time. (I am under 100lbs now.) He started cutting the dose back but it was too late. I went to see him on December 01, 2008 after I passed out in my shower. He sent me directly to the Emergency Room and I was admitted to ICU fast. My body was shutting down and I was at death's door. This is the direct diagnoses from the hospital records I have from my release from ICU…Diabetic Ketoacidosis, Newly diagnosed Type 1 Diabetic, Hypocalcemia, Hypomagnesemia, Anxiety, Iron Deficiency, Vitamin B12 deficiency and Sick Enthyroid and the list goes on. This is horrible and I am now still very sick and taking 2 insulin shots per day for life, testing (finger pricks) 5 to 7 times per day. This is crazy and I have no doubt Seroquel caused this.
I was only taking Klonopin and Seroquel when this happened. I have taken Klonopin for approximately 11 years with no problems. I have suffered from major panic attacks since I was robbed at gun point when working as a teller in college when I was 19 years old. Prior to Seroquel, I was the picture of health.
Seroquel was prescribed by my primary doctor who I have used and trusted for over 11 years. I was given samples for the first 3 or 4 months which did not have any drug information included with them. Seroquel, even with my insurance was extremely expensive. I know now that I should have checked, however, when I did check, it was such a "blanket" warning, I'm sure I would have taken it because it was FDA approved. It's the warning you find on almost all drugs of this nature.
I will answer any questions I can but please understand that I am limited as to what I can say for legal reasons.
This is posted in hopes that anyone on Seroquel GET OFF THIS DRUG. Please, I BEG you, talk to your doctor because this is a drug the FDA should never, never have approved.
Your friend, Angie
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