Paxil was one of the first antidepressants to be sold in the United States. This SSRI antidepressant, also known by the names Seroxat and Aropax, was first marketed in 1992. However, in recent years it has been revealed that taking Paxil has the potential to cause serious side effects, particularly birth defects if taken during pregnancy. Did you take the antidepressant Paxil while you were pregnant? If so, you may be eligible for compensation for any birth defects caused by taking the drug.
Paxil May Cause Birth Defects
Paxil, also known by the generic name paroxetine, is a dangerous drug that has the potential to cause severe side effects.
Among the most serious effects of Paxil are birth defects. Paroxetine has been increasingly tied to harming unborn babies, and may cause facial malformations, spina bifida, abdominal hernia, brain or spinal cord defects, cleft lip/palate, clubbed foot, or delayed development. Other birth defects that have been tied to the use of Paxil while pregnant include omphalocele (a condition in with the intestine or other organs protrudes out of the navel) and craniosynostosis (an abnormally shaped skull), among other health issues.
According to scientific studies, women who take Paxil during their first trimester gave birth to babies with twice the usual rate of heart defects. Babies may be born with heart valve damage, heart damage, or lung damage as the result of Paxil. Paxil has also been tied to Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in the newborns (also known as PPH or PPHN). This syndrome, found in infants, involves high blood pressure in the vessels of the lungs, and as a result, the baby is not able to get enough oxygen into their bloodstream. This serious, potentially life-threatening condition requires intensive medical care.
Other serious side effects have the potential to affect all patients taking Paxil, not just those who are pregnant. Some people have reported unusual and violent behavior such as depression, suicide attempts, and violence to themselves and others. Addiction and withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, anxiety, or shaking have also been reported when patients stop taking Paxil.
Filing a Paxil Lawsuit
Have you or a loved one been injured by taking Paxil? Now that such side effects have come to light, many people who have taken Paxil have filed lawsuits to pursue compensation for their injuries. Hundreds of birth defect lawsuits have already been filed against the drug manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, who may or may not have been aware of the potential for these serious side effects before the drug was released.
When you or a family member experience serious side effects from taking Paxil, it can require extensive medical treatment, which is both emotionally and financially draining. Suing can hold the manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, responsible for the injuries suffered by By filing a personal injury lawsuit, you or your loved one can get compensation to cover ongoing medical expenses.
Contact a Paxil Side Effects Lawyer
If you or a family member has been harmed by taking Paxil, you may be eligible for compensation. Our lawyers can help to gather your medical evidence, find expert witnesses, and assemble a strong legal claim against the manufacturer of Paxil. Suing a drug company requires knowledge of complex laws regarding dangerous medications. You need a skilled lawyer on your side to fight for your rights and explain what you will need to prove in order to prevail against the drug manufacturer.
You can expect the drug company to be represented by a skilled team of lawyers. Level the playing field by seeking the representation of a skilled lawyer who can guide you through the legal process and help you fight for the compensation you deserve.