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Paxil Birth Defects and Paxil Lawsuits

If your child was born with birth defects and Paxil was used during pregnancy, a Paxil birth defects attorney can help you recover damages for medical expenses and other damages by filing a Paxil birth defect lawsuit.  Pharmaceutical companies have millions of dollars to put towards lawsuit defense, only experienced Paxil lawyers can successfully represent victims of Paxil birth defects.

Paxil is a medication that's manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, one of the leading corporations in the pharmaceutical medication market. Paxil is prescribed to patients who suffer from disorders related to depression and anxiety, and for a time it generated enormous amounts of revenue for GlaxoSmithKline. Unfortunately, the need for help from Paxil attorneys began to arise across the United States after reports of serious Paxil side effects began to surface. Specifically, women who had used Paxil while pregnant were having children who were more likely than others to suffer from birth defects.

Paxil is a member of a group of drugs that are known as selective serotonin re uptake inhibitors, or SSRI's. Many of these medications have also been linked to birth defects, but Paxil in particular has allegedly led to problems that include:

  • Heart birth defects
  • Abdominal birth defects
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN)
  • Cranial birth defects
  • Club foot
  • Neural tube malformations

Almost all of these alleged Paxil birth defects can put an infant's life in danger, and at the very least many of them will require immediate and invasive surgeries as well as constant and ongoing medical oversight and treatment. Therefore, it's not uncommon for parents of a child who is born with a Paxil birth defect to face millions of dollars in medical costs over time. In addition, many children born with Paxil side effects will not survive.

Other Side Effects of Paxil

There are several kinds of side effects that have caused serious concern to arise. The first group of side effects is actually less severe in general than the second, and these side effects include:

  • Feelings of nervousness
  • Insomnia
  • Weight changes
  • Decreased libido
  • Dry mouth
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness

If you are experiencing any of these side effects, contact your doctor to schedule a medical evaluation.

Another severe side effect that’s been discovered with Paxil is more psychological in nature. Studies and reports have shown that some patients who have taken Paxil, particularly young people, have developed the tendency to experience thoughts of suicide, and tragically, many have acted on this impulse.

Perhaps what’s most important is that if you are using Paxil and experiencing thoughts of suicide, do not simply stop taking the medication, as this can lead to disastrous results. Contact your doctor immediately and tell him or her that you have a drug-related emergency.

Paxil Lawsuits for Birth Defects

As a result of these unfortunate events unwillingly and unwittingly faced by families who have been severely harmed by Paxil side effects, the fallout can be severe and emotionally devastating. When suffering parents begin to consider their options for holding those responsible for this harm accountable, many hesitate to jump into the unfamiliar legal world in order to take on a multi-billion-dollar corporation.

Paxil Attorney

This is where the help of an experienced Paxil attorney can be critically important to parents who not only want to stand up for the rights of their child who has been harmed, but who will also need help in funding the extensive care their child will need. A Paxil lawyer who has handled these types of cases successfully in the past will be able to manage the process of pursuing a financial recovery for the damages incurred.

This form of help will in turn allow the parents who find themselves in this situation to focus on the immediate needs and care of their child. If your child has suffered because of the use of Paxil, contact Privett Law today to schedule a free initial consultation.