Psychiatric Drug Sought on Streets

By Patricia Wen
Boston Globe
July 13, 2009

Seroquel debuted 12 years ago as a novel drug for adult patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, a powerful pill that would help stabilize their emotional lives. Psychiatrists began prescribing these tablets to others - children with serious mental illnesses and adults with anxiety or depression. ... If misused, doctors say, Seroquel can heighten the risk of diabetes, heart and blood pressure problems, involuntary twitches, and rapid weight gain. ...


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