It is the duty of drug companies, like Paxil maker GlaxoSmithKline, to immediately and adequately warn consumers about the dangers potentially associated with their medications, especially when drug use in pregnancy may cause serious harm to an unborn child. Unfortunately, some pharmaceutical companies fail to fulfill this obligation, leaving consumers, particularly pregnant women, exposed to and unaware of the hazards threatening their health and the well-being of their child. If you took Paxil while pregnant and your child was born with a serious birth defect, contact an experienced Paxil attorney today, as your child may be entitled to lifetime care and damages.
As more and more Americans are diagnosed with depression and other mood disorders, prescriptions for the antidepressant Paxil are on the rise in the United States. Paxil (paroxetine) belongs to a class of drugs called SSRI antidepressants, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, which work to relieve depression and improve certain mood disorders like obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder and major panic disorder. Paxil was initially approved by the FDA in 1992 and has become one of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants on the market.
Paxil Side Effects | Birth Defects
Recent Paxil warnings issued by the FDA have raised serious concerns about the safety of the antidepressant drug, especially in treating pregnant women. According to mounting evidence, women who take Paxil while pregnant may have a significantly increased risk of giving birth to children with major birth defects, including:
- Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN)
- Neural tube birth defects
- Heart defects
- Cleft lip
- Cleft palate
- Limb defects
- Anal atresia
Attorneys Role | Paxil Birth Defect Lawsuits
There is no excuse for the deceptive practices of drug companies, which put the lives of both adults and children at risk every day. If you or a loved one has suffered a major injury and you believe Paxil to be the cause, contact the skilled drug injury attorneys at Bandas Law Firm today. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and pain and suffering, which you can collect by filing a Paxil lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline. With the legal expertise of a drug lawyer, you can bring public attention to the potential dangers of Paxil and protect yourself from further harm.