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Paxil Linked To Heart And Lung Birth Defects In Children

Possible Paxil side effects have led to the antidepressant drug being listed by the FDA as a pregnancy category D, which means there is positive human evidence of the drug’s potential to interrupt fetal development and cause fetal malformations. Paxil (paroxetine) was originally approved by the FDA in 1992 as a treatment for major depressive disorder. Since that time, the FDA has additionally approved Paxil to treat a number of conditions, including social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, major panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Paxil is currently manufactured by drug firm GlaxoSmithKline and belongs to a class of antidepressants called SSRIs, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. If you took Paxil while pregnant and your child was born with a serious birth defect, contact a Paxil attorney, as your child may be entitled to lifetime care.


In 2005, the FDA issued a public health advisory warning patients and doctors about the increased risk of birth defects in children exposed to the antidepressant Paxil in pregnancy. According to the agency, women who take Paxil while pregnant may have an increased risk of giving birth to children with serious malformations, particularly heart defects. In 2006, the FDA issued another public health advisory, this time geared towards SSRI antidepressants as a whole. The notice warned that children exposed to SSRIs like Paxil in utero may have an increased risk of developing a heart and lung birth defect called PPHN, or persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn.


Consumers expect that their medications, especially those approved by the FDA and prescribed to them by their doctor, will effectively treat their condition without exposing them to any unnecessary harm. Unfortunately, there are some drugs on the market in the United States that are associated with side effect so severe, they may actually outweigh any possible benefits of the treatment. If you or a loved one has suffered from a serious side effect and you believe Paxil to be the cause, contact an experienced drug injury attorney for help. You may have grounds to file a Paxil lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries and medical expenses.