Paxil Birth Defect Suits - Consumer Justice Foundation

Paxil Birth Defect Suits

Written by Faith Anderson on March 30, 2012
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Pregnancy Risks of Paxil

Paxil garnered FDA approval in 1992 as a treatment for major depressive disorder, and was additionally indicated to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder, major panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder in the following years. Paxil belongs to a class of antidepressant drugs called SSRIs, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, which work by restoring the balance of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain. As SSRI antidepressants like Paxil rapidly become one of the most commonly-prescribed classes of medications in the U.S., women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should pay careful attention to the pregnancy risks associated with Paxil and other SSRIs. Unfortunately, because nearly 50% of all pregnancies are unplanned, all women of childbearing age who take Paxil may actually be at risk of giving birth to a baby with major birth defects.

Paxil and Birth Defects

FDA warnings and Paxil birth defect studies have indicated that children born to women who take Paxil while pregnant may have an increased risk of being born with one or more serious malformations. Among the birth defects possibly linked to Paxil are craniosynostosis, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), cleft lip, limb defects, anal atresia, neural tube birth defects, heart defects, omphalocele and cleft palate. To highlight the significant risk Paxil and other SSRI antidepressants may pose to unborn children, the results of a 2006 New England Journal of Medicine study can be cited. According to researchers involved in the landmark study, children exposed to an SSRI like Paxil late in pregnancy were a shocking six times more likely to be born with the dangerous heart and lung defect PPHN than children whose mothers received no antidepressant treatment while pregnant.

Recommendations for Birth Defect Victims

Paxil maker GlaxoSmithKline has already set aside millions of dollars to resolve litigation concerning its antidepressant drug. For women who took Paxil during pregnancy and subsequently gave birth to a child with birth defects, legal help is available. It is imperative though, that birth defect victims seek legal help immediately in order to take advantage of the opportunity to file a birth defect lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline. With the help of an experienced Paxil lawyer, victims of birth defects can pursue the compensation they deserve for their injuries, while protecting themselves and their families from further harm.

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