Monday, October 27, 2008

Zyprexa and Seroquel Side Effects May Increase Heart Disease Risk

New research suggests that Zyprexa and Seroquel may increase the risk of heart disease when compared to other antipyschotic medications.

Eli Lilly’s Zyprexa (olanzapine) and AstraZeneca’s Seroquel (quetiapine fumarate) are both blockbuster medications which are part of a class of drugs known as “atypical” antipsychotics. They are commonly used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia, but have also been widely used for other conditions like bipolar disorder, dementia, autism and obsessive-compulsive disorders.

Both drugs have previously been linked to a number of serious side effects, including severe weight gain, diabetes and pancreatitis. However, a new study published in the October 2008 issue of the journal Schizophrenia Research raises the potential for concerns about a small increased risk of coronary heart disease associated with the drugs.

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