Paxil Birth Defect Lawyers
Paxil, also known by its generic name paroxetine, is a medication that is used to treat depression, panic disorders, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. The medication was introduced to the market in 1992 and quickly became one of the most popular antidepressants. By 2008, GlaxoSmithKline, Paxil's manufacturer, had made $942 million in sales from the drug.
Paxil belongs to a class of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs work by increasing serotonin, a natural substance in the brain that helps maintain balance. Low serotonin levels are linked to anxiety and mood disorders.
Paxil Birth Defects
In September 2005, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and GlaxoSmithKline alerted doctors that a new study linked major birth defects with Paxil use during the first trimester of pregnancy. Over 3,500 pregnant women participated in this study; Paxil was linked to twice as many birth defects as other antidepressants.
The FDA and GlaxoSmithKline strengthened the warning label on Paxil in December 2005, after another study showed a correlation between the drug and birth defects. GlaxoSmithKline updated the drugs label, per the FDA's request from pregnancy category C to D, a stronger warning. Category D drugs have shown a risk to fetuses in studies of pregnant women. This drug should only be taken during pregnancy if the benefits outweigh the risks.
The majority of the birth defects seen in the studies were heart related. The most common Paxil birth defects are:
- Ventricular septal defects
- Atrial septal defects
- Limb malformations
- Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN)
If your child was born with any of these defects and you used Paxil during pregnancy, you may be eligible to file a Paxil birth defect lawsuit.
Paxil Side Effects
SSRIs have also been linked to withdrawal symptoms in babies whose mothers used these drugs during pregnancy. Women who used SSRIs, such as Paxil, during the third trimester in pregnancy have reported complications with their babies. Some of the complications reported are:
- Difficulty breathing
- Low blood sugar
- Turning blue
- Changing body temperatures
Paxil Birth Defect Lawyers
At The Edwards Law Firm, we believe that manufacturers should be held responsible for the injuries that their products cause. If you or a loved one used Paxil during pregnancy and delivered a child with a serious birth defect, you may be eligible to seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages associated with the birth injury.
For more information on Paxil birth defect lawsuits, contact us today at 1-800-304-9246.