Paxil® could cause congenital defects in newborns!

Paxil® is the trade name for Paroxetine. This can be considered a drug in the class of a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), in simple terms, an anti-depressant. It was the first anti-depressant in the USA that received formal approval to treat panic attacks. Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline started marketing this drug in 1992 to treat acute depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD), social phobia, panic, anxiety and so on.

Paxil® Side Effects

Paxil® side effects have been linked to heart problems in newborns. Two studies by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists published in 2006 pointed out that that use of Paxil® during pregnancy could cause cardiac fetal heart defects, some of which require surgical intervention.

A ventricular septal defect (VSD) affects the ventricular septum, the wall that separates the left and right ventricles of the heart.  Atrial septal defects (ASD) affect the interatrial septum of the heart, the critical tissue separating the right and left atria. A defect in the septum or lack of it makes it impossible for blood to flow from the left to the right of the heart or vice versa. This results in unhealthy mixing of arterial and venous blood. Using Paxil® during pregnancy can also affect fetuses with PPHN (Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn), a dangerous lung disease that can cause heart failure.

FDA & Paxil®

Two studies the FDA had reviewed showed that women who had taken Paxil® in the first trimester of pregnancy increased their risk of giving birth to a child with a heart defect by one and a half to two times. In response, FDA is advising health care professionals to discuss potential risk of birth defects with patients taking Paxil® both those who intend to become pregnant or in their first trimester of pregnancy. It also urges them not to prescribe Paxil® unless other treatment options are inappropriate.

We Can Help

If you were one of those prescribed Paxil® in the first trimester, and if your newborn has a heart defect, you are potentially entitled to compensation. Contact Eric W. Gruenwald, Attorney / Lawyer for more information at 866-529-0001 Extension 245.

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