My doctor also said weight gain also. I know about that one.But does any body know someone who have gotten diabetes, from taking this medicine.Is the status of catching diabetes from this medication high. I used to take geodon, but that medication made me feel like a zombie.I also was taking geodon, for the sleep issues. It put me to sleep about 30 mins. After i took it.I also told my doctor that, i wanted to take seroquel for that. I also told him that it can calm you down if you suffer from some anxiety.He said no it doesn't, now i don't believe him when he said that.I took it about 7 years ago briefly, and i wasn't as nervous. As i was the night before.
I heard my doctor say you can get diabetes, from taking seroquel. Is this right, who out there did?
Question posted by Morton87 on 27 Oct 2012
Last updated on 27 August 2020 by SWebb86
I know this post is old but I have to say this:
I was on 800mg of seroquel for a few years. Now I take 200mg of it at night. 4 years ago I was diagnosed as diabetic. My GP wouldn't refer me to an endocrinologist or even type me. After ending up in the hospital for 4 days in told I'm a type 1 diabetic and now I'm on an insulin pump and have to have a device that checks my sugar every 5min. I am gathering my records for disability and just read a notation that I was told certain psychiatric drugs can cause diabetes! I can 100% tell you with confidence I was NEVER told that. The whole dang record has so many instances of false information I'm dumbfounded. I don't even know what to do or how to change the crap they got completely wrong! Lord help these people of I find out I ended up a type 1 diabetic because they gave me seroquel at such a high dose! I'm literally at this moment on good about to scream at someone! I'm devastated.
There is a history of it in my family on my mother's side. But my pancreas makes ZERO insulin now. Plus the idiot GP I had never controlled it so I never went below 500 for 4 years! I had an A1C of 13.9 and now in 10 months of being on the pump I'm at 6.9! Sorry... venting... actually yelling out loud here. I just can't believe this. And all tests before being put on seroquel showed zero sign of diabetes. Now I want off it completely! I'm calling my psychiatrist today too! If you're on it please make sure you watch your sugar levels as much as you can! Get off it If you can and are able to use something else. Seroquel apparently has a whole list of crap it can cause including diabetes! Here's a list I just came across:
uncontrolled muscle movements in your face (chewing, lip smacking, frowning, tongue movement, blinking or eye movement);
mask-like appearance of the face, trouble swallowing, problems with speech;
a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
painful or difficult urination;
blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
severe nervous system reaction--very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, fainting;
high blood sugar--increased thirst, increased urination, dry mouth, fruity breath odor; or
low white blood cell counts--fever, chills, mouth sores, skin sores, sore throat, cough, trouble breathing, feeling light-headed.
I was able to control my blood sugar by my diet all my life. I had gestational diabetes with my son, afterwards I was fine with my diet. Didn't have gestational diabetes with my daughter. I had horrible insomnia issues after my pregnancy with my daughter and the doctor prescribed me Seroquel after about 8-9 months after having my beautiful girl. I didn't like the side effects. It made me like a zombie half the next day after taking it, my appetite was crazy, always hungry, I didn't succumb to the cravings, after all, I had to keep a routine feeding schedule with my kids and I are with them.
After trying to function with Seroquel for several months, I decided I couldn't do it anymore if I was going to a) remember my children's childhood [my head was always foggy and if it weren't for the schedule diary I kept, I wouldn't have known how things were going with my kids], and b) I wanted to remember things that happened without having to look at the notebooks. Several months after my Seroquel saga, I was feeling very I'll, dizzy, always tasting sugar in my mouth, "fainting" spells. Come to find out, I had developed full blown diabetes, oral medication and insulin dependancy. Outta nowhere, after years upon years of controlling my blood sugar with my diet, all of the sudden it wasn't anywhere near enough to maintain a healthy blood sugar level. Come to find out after lots of research of all the meds I'd taken... Seroquel induces 'pre-diabetics' to become full blown insulin depend for the rest of their lives! Had I known this prior to taking that damned medication, I'd never have even thought another second about trying it. For shame, Seroquel manufacturers and distributers... FOR SHAME!!!
Yes!!! it made me a diabetic (type 1) I've took it for # of years and there are lots of law suit s against them so if i was you I wouldn't take it!!! I didn't realize it was for anxiety until I looked it up. I had brain surgery, eye surgery by the dozens. So I became a diabetic on 2010. So don't take it!!!
I'm on generic zyprexa. I was told if you eat yogurt every day it will keep your blood sugar normal. It could just be luck but I've been taking them for many years and haven't got diabetes. The best advice I can give you is if you're on seroquel or zyprexa be sure to eat yogurt every day. I buy my yogurt from the grocery store where it's reasonably priced. I wish you luck.
I have been taking Seroquel for 2 yrs for hallucinations and bipolar ll. I was at a normal weight and did not have diabetes, metabolic syndrome, or extreme fatigue before taking it. Since then I have gained 40 lbs despite watching my diet and exercising regularly, and I have developed metabolic syndrome, including diabetes. I have experienced other side effects as well, like constant fatigue, nausea, and dizziness. I have passed out and injured myself and have fallen many times. Getting diabetes is one of the worst things that has ever happened to me. I have to inject myself 3 times a day with 2 different kinds of insulin and take oral medication. My insulin just went up from $160 A month to $310. I can't afford it, and I am not eligible for the coupons and discounts because I am on SSDI and have Medicare. My mental health improved enormously but my physical health is shot to hell.
I desperately want to go off it, but I am concerned about 3 main things: withdrawal symptoms, the result for my mental health, and not getting rid of diabetes after stopping the drug. I would advise everyone not to take this drug. It's very dangerous to your physical health. My psychiatrist insists I enter a partial hospitalization program while withdrawing which I can't afford to do. I am stuck between a rock and a hard place. I am miserable.
In pre-marketing clinical studies the development of diabetes mellitus was reported infrequently ~ in 1/100 to 1/1000 patients according to the Physician's Desk Reference. This is true of almost every antipsychotic and atypical antipsychotic.
The benefits generally outweigh the potential risk.
Yes, it can. I gained sixty pounds while I took Seroquel. I was still depressed and also dopey. I ate every carb I could get my hands on. So, I'm not sure if the diabetes was caused by the Seroquel itself or the tremendous weight gain. Either way, I took Seroquel and became diabetic. Medicare and most insurance plans now require that your shrink monitor your weight. I think any responsible shrink would do the same regardless of regs. (LSS, I lost fifty pounds, am no longer diabetic and I got a new shrink!)
Yes Seroquel can. I took it for 5 years. I wasn't checked whilst taking it and consequently got diabetes 2. I feel so let down by the medical profession. No one told me I could develop diabetes. I stopped taking it 18 months ago as I didn't have a life whilst taking it.
Seroquel is a horrible drug with one of the highest rates amonst the an the it antipsychotic drug class !I am an LPN /,and i was prescribed this drugdrugfor bipolar 1 disorder w mixed episodes a rapid cycler !
I had tried several meds before seroquel and this one really seemed to work for me this is seem like a dream drug the perfect drug I slept well my moods were stable I have some side effects and I reported them to my physiatrist he just kind of brushed them off n bc i also have degenerstive disc disease of course he said he wasn't that your ad said he was prescribed in that were doing it to me but it was it was the seroquel let all that I know at the time you know you want to listen to you talk to your dr and give enough time to see if it could be something else that you're taking I have to say the side effects were very minimal in the beginning but over a period of 8 years it really does a toll on you I put on a total of a hundred pounds in the last three years of taking Seroquel the longer you stay on it the worse it gets for you ! It did for me and other people that I know that have takwn it I continue to make it a normal warning signs thinking it was another medication I was takingso I develop diabetes nerve damage in my feet and now I have severe pain in my feet all the time I'm only 36 years old I have to live on pain medication and I'm not able to practice as a nurse anymore because of this drug permanently disabled me it caused me all kind of problems physical problems hormonal problems you name it it caused me severe lactating breasts swollen breasts and I have problems with my skin it also caused problems my digestive tract urinary tract I have to have my gallbladder removed developed a lot of problems from this drug as I said it took 8 years but one thing led to another and it destroyed my organs this is a terrible drug is ladies no mood swings no depression is worth going on this medication don't ignore your symptoms and don't listen to the doctor and think that it's all in your mind listen to your symptoms lady if you can't get you Dr a listen go to another one no just is worse than hell and the pain that I went through from this and the pain in hell that I will continue to go through for the rest of my life try to go on something milder if you can I wish I did I wish I could go back god bless you all
My name is Christine and yes seroquel does cause diabetes. I just got diagnosed with type 2 diabetes that was caused by my medication.
My mother in law was on this medication for awhile. Few years if memory serves. . She became severe diabetic. Having to take shots of insulin 5-8 times daily. She was involved in a class action lawsuit and received a settlement around 2006-07, somewhere around that the. Unfortunately in 2009, the diabetes cost her her life after going into diabetic shock. She suffered a massive heart attack due to that shock, we lost her to death.
After taking seroquel for 3 years, I gained over 50 pounds and recently diagnosed with pre-diabetes. I was a very thin athletic person before going on it, pretty much perfect health, low cholesterol and blood pressure. I went off of it because I'd been stable so long and was hoping to see if my sugar levels went down by my next physical - I lost 30 pounds within 9 months - but unfortunately relapsed recently (my next physical is still 3 months out). I had to go back on it so I won't know for sure if it was the cause of the prediabetes. I wish there was another option but it seems to be the only drug that works for me - my miracle drug - ironic it may ultimately lead to me getting diabetes.
Yes Seroquel can cause diabetes. I also want you to know that other atypical antipsychotics can cause diabetes as well. Even the second generation antipsychchotics like Saphris can cause diabetes. You need to take a antipsychotic because you wouldn't be posting in this forum and your doctor would not have prescribed this. I did not respond well to Seroquel and have never been on Geodon. So otherwise I cannot comment. In closing I know of people who are familiar with Seroquel and they have even sued and won.
Maso is right yes seroquel does raise your blood sugar and can cause diabetes, i was on it for yrs never new i had diabetes, went to a new psychiatrist, and she said do u no u have diabetes 2, and that seroquel because of it raising blood sugar and cause it, at first didn't believe her i dont no why, why would she lie to me so my pcp ordered a test called a a1c, cause i wanted to no for sure and he said I have it and i have been on metformin since... the metformin for diabetes works great my bs has been at 94 since taking it, even when i was on the seroguel, i didn't stop it cause of that believe it or not cause it helped me with my ocd and allow me to fall asleep very quickly, but after yrs, maybe about 2 yrs, i started getting rls, and i really couldn't deal with that at all so yes it can and does cause diabetes among alot of people... good luck...
There is a distinction with this Type II Diabetes. This is called a medication induced diabetes. It is not the same reason other Type II diabetes develop. This medication. Along with various others, causes a change on blood sugar. In order to stay healthy and not get the damage from diabetes one must be treated. Often when the medication ends, the diabetes will also. However, if you have a predisposition for diabetes, it runs in family or are obese, then the medication may increase the blood sugar levels.
An Endocrinologist is the person you should see to get more information.
Weight gain is not really because of the medication. Weight gain is because one eats more, doesn't change their diet to a diabetic type diet, or are retaining an extra ten pounds of water weight from the med. it helps to see a dietician to learn what size of food portions are helpful to control weight and stay healthy. For others the metabolism slows a bit so they have to eat less. It takes a while to figure this out. A good talk with the Endo can help you find your own solution.
I have done this for my meds. My weight is only a little high and I am very grateful for that. Blood sugars stay in good control even though I have three meds which elevate it and often have dosing changes. You can do this with some planning and understanding. Wishing you wellness, Karen
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