Paxil Birth Injury

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Paxil is often prescribed to treat depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder.  The drug, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).  It was first approved by the FDA in 1992.  Since its approval, Paxil has been prescribed to many people, including pregnant women and it is alleged to cause serious potential side effects for unborn children.

What Birth Injuries Result from Paxil?

  • Congenital Birth Defects:  such as craniosynostosis (premature closing of the head), omphalocele (some abdominal contents are outside of the body), and anencephaly (absence of part of the brain) are possible.
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn: persistent pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure in the lungs.  It can be fatal for a newborn.  In 2006, the New England Journal of Medicine reported that babies born to mothers who took Paxil during pregnancy were 6 times more likely to develop PPHM than babies born to mothers who did not take antidepressants. 
  • Heart Defects: damage to the heart valve or the heart itself is possible.  Studies indicate that the risk is elevated 1.5 to 2 times for babies whose mothers took Paxil while pregnant.

These injuries occur because Paxil, and other similar drugs, pass through the placenta and affect the growing fetus. 

Who is Responsible for Paxil Birth Injuries?

Since 2005, the FDA has warned GlaxoSmithKline, doctors and consumers about the dangers of taking Paxil  (or another selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) while pregnant.  GlaxoSmithKline, your doctor, and/or pharmacist may all have some liability if you were prescribed Paxil while pregnant and your baby suffered complications.

Getting Help from a Lawyer

If you took Paxil, or other drugs such as Ortho Evra, while pregnant then you should contact a Paxil birth injury lawyer for a free consultation.  Your Paxil birth injury lawyer will review your case, explain who may be liable, and explain the potential damages in your case.  If your child has suffered a birth defect because of Paxil, Ortho Evra, or any other drug, please contact a birth injury lawyer today.

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