Paxil Lawsuit for Serious Side Effects
Paxil (paroxetine) is a popular drug used to treat depression and other mood disorders that has been linked to serious side effects including suicide, birth defects and severe withdrawal symptoms in patients and infants whose mothers took Paxil during pregnancy.
For many years, manufacturers of this drug did not warn the public adequately about these side effects, not giving patients a chance to make an informed decision about whether Paxil’s risks outweighed its benefits. Because of this, individuals who have suffered from Paxil’s serious side effects may be entitled to compensation through a Paxil lawsuit. Our class action lawyers can help you hold the drug’s manufacturer accountable.
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Paxil is part of a group of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). This popular group of antidepressants also includes:
All of these drugs carry side effects that should be carefully explained by a doctor before using, especially if the patient is a child, adolescent or young adult.
Paxil Linked to Suicide and Suicidal Thoughts
Paxil is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of children, because studies presented to the FDA have not shown that Paxil is effective for treating children under 18.
Furthermore, in 2004, the FDA issued a statement about the possible risks of suicidal thoughts and behaviors among young users of antidepressants like Paxil.
Later that same year, it ordered the manufacturer of Paxil and other antidepressants to update their black box warnings to include the risk of suicide among children. Then in 2007, the FDA strengthened that warning to include a heightened risk to users 18-24.
Studies Link Paxil to Birth Defects
When Paxil was first introduced on the market, it was classified as having no known links to birth defects. That, however, was proven incorrect.
In 2005 the FDA issued a warning about increased risks of birth defects in women taking Paxil during the first three months of pregnancy, after early results from a study on the subject. The most common birth defects were cardiac and some involved holes in the walls of the child’s heart chamber.
As a result, the drug was moved to category D, which indicates research shows that the drug poses a threat to the fetus.
Additional heart defects linked to SSRI drugs include:
- Spina bifida
- Club foot
- Tetralogy of fallot
- Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
If your child suffered from any of these conditions after the mother took Paxil during pregnancy, you may be entitled to file a Paxil lawsuit and hold the drug’s manufacturer accountable for the harm it caused.
Paxil Withdrawal Symptoms
Despite being marketed as a non-habit forming medication, patients taking Paxil have developed severe withdrawal symptoms, including anxiety, irritability, fatigue, nausea and insomnia. Claims of these symptoms date back to 1993.
Several cases were filed against the drug’s manufacturer and were settled for $160 million when the multi-district litigation was settled in 2006.
Legal Help for Victims of a Paxil-Related Injury
If you or a loved one was treated with Paxil or another SSRI and suffered any of the above injuries, you may have valuable legal rights. Although a Paxil lawsuit cannot change what has happened to you, it can help you get the compensation you need to pay for medical bills, missed days at work and other damages you have suffered.
Contact Janet, Janet & Suggs today to schedule a free no obligation consultation to learn more. We charge no fees unless you recover compensation.