It is estimated that over 17 million patients have taken Paxil for treatment of depression, anxiety and emotional disorders. Many of these people unfortunately have experienced serious side effects such as heart-defect birth defects in infants of mothers taking the drug and suicidal, homicidal or otherwise violent behaviors in some users.
Since Paxil was released in 1992, over 5,000 people have filed lawsuits against the maker of the drug claiming damages for these significant side effects. Legal experts estimate that GlaxoSmithKline has paid nearly $1 billion to resolve lawsuits over Paxil side effects.
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.
Every antidepressant medication must give a warning to users, called a “Black Box Warning”, which alerts them of the increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior among children, teens, and young adults taking antidepressants.
The FDA then issued an additional warning to Paxil users in 2006 when they alerted of an increased risk of certain heart diseases in infants of mothers who had taken the drug. The risks involve two conditions known as persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPH) and atrial and ventricular septal defects.
Researchers have found that infants whose mothers took Paxil are six times more likely to develop PPH and nearly two times as likely to have a heart defect like atrial and ventricular septal defects. Septal defects, or holes in an infant’s heart, are severe birth defects which can require intensive monitoring and treatment.
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.