Paxil is a prescription medication sold by GlaxoSmithKline for the treatment of depression, anxiety, and several other emotional disorders. It is classified as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), which means it works as an antidepressant by regulating the balance of serotonin in the brain.
Paxil is offered both as a tablet and as an oral solution. The tablets come in dosages of 10, 20, 30, and 40-milligrams and patients can take them with or without food. The orange-flavored oral solution is designed to be taken in 10 mg dosages. Paxil should be taken one time per day at the same time, most often recommended in the morning.
The average dosage for Paxil is 20 mg, although this varies depending on the condition you are being treated for, your body size and your individual response to the treatment. You should take Paxil precisely as it was prescribed for you, being careful not to take a larger amount or for a longer than intended period.
Patients taking Paxil should not crush, chew, or break the controlled-release tablet or take the oral solution without shaking it first.
If you miss a dose of Paxil, you should take it as soon as you remember. However, if you are near the time for your next dose, you should skip the dose that you missed and begin regular dosages at the next scheduled interval.
If you overdose on Paxil, contact emergency medical help immediately. The symptoms of overdose may include confusion, blurred vision, seizures, nausea, sweating, vomiting, tremor, decreased urination, rapid heartbeat, aggression, and coma.
Experts have related the Paxil to serious side effects such as heart-defect birth defects in infants of mothers taking the drug as well as suicidal, homicidal or otherwise violent behaviors in some users. Since it was released in 1992, over 5,000 people have filed lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline claiming serious side effects caused by the drug.
If you are taking or have taken Paxil in the past and believe the drug has caused side effects such as birth defects, suicidal or violent behavior, or severe withdrawals, contact us today to discuss your legal rights. Time is limited to file a lawsuit.
Legal experts estimate that GlaxoSmithKline has paid nearly $1 billion to resolve lawsuits over the side effects that may have been caused by Paxil. These include cases filed for the suicide, attempted suicide or addiction of someone taking the drug, and heart defects in infants of parents who have taken the drug in the past.
If you or someone you love has been affected by a serious side effect of Paxil, Contact us today to speak with an attorney. We are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions, discuss your legal options and whether you may have a case for your damages.