Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) comes in many forms specific to the individual sufferer, so the treatment methods that work for one soldier may not work for another. Most treatments involve the use of prescription medications. Seroquel is one of these prescription medications and it has been linked to death in soldiers who were taking the medication to treat PTSD and PTSD induced insomnia.
Seroquel is an anti-psychotic medication prescribed “off-label” as a treatment for PTSD and PTSD induced insomnia. Seroquel is not only the 5th best selling medication in this country, it is one of the most popular medications prescribed by Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) physicians. Thousands of veterans have been given this medication and many have died from it as well. Many military families want Congress to launch their own investigation.
Problems arise when patients do not respond to lower dosages of seroquel and physicians begin increasing dosage. Many common drugs may interact with Seroquel and may end up causing a lethal interaction at higher levels. Seroquel contains an uncommon sedative, which is why it is used for anxiety and insomnia.
It is unknown if Seroquel has been the direct cause of death in the soldiers who have passed away while taking the medication. Although not a listed side effect, a Vanderbilt University study published last year advocated that “sudden heart failure” should be listed as an addition side effect.
The VA claims Seroquel is prescribed as a 3rd or 4th step in treating patients with strong insomnia as a result of their PTSD. Those veterans taking Seroquel for PTSD induced insomnia celebrate the drug as it is the first time many of them were able to sleep for multiple hours in a row in a single night.
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