Paxil settlement . Paxil is an antidepressant that falls into the category of a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI). Paxil is usually used to treat major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and several different anxiety disorders. The medication is meant to help prevent suicidal thoughts and behaviors and provide other important benefits. The problem however is that some people show negative side effects from Paxil. The side effects of Paxil have led to Paxil lawsuits.
One Paxil lawsuit took place in Pennsylvania. A Pennsylvania attorney found that the manufacturer of Paxil (Glaxo, Smith, & Kline) was liable for $2.5 million to the family of a child who was born with a Paxil birth defect after her mother took the antidepressant Paxil while pregnant. The jury found that the manufacturer failed to properly warn physicians and consumers about the adverse effects of Paxil. In other words, the jury found in favor of the boy’s family. The child unfortunately suffers from persistent pulmonary hypertension which is a life-threatening disorder that constricts arteries to the lungs and therefore limits the amount of oxygen into the bloodstream.
Of the more than 600 lawsuits against Glaxo, this case was the first Paxil birth defect lawsuit to go to trial. According to the complaint, the child’s mother took Paxil as prescribed by her doctor during her pregnancy. The child suffered from a direct Paxil side effect. The manufacturer disagrees with the verdict and stated that they would appeal.
There seem to be serious potential risks to taking Paxil while pregnant. There are many lawsuits against Paxil because of the negative side effects that are possible. If you or someone you know has a baby who was born with a birth defect because of using Paxil during pregnancy, you should contact a Paxil birth defects attorney. No child should have to suffer from a heart defect as a result of a medication taken during pregnancy. You should consult your physician and speak in detail regarding Paxil’s potential risks. You should also consider switching to a different antidepressant if these medications are absolutely necessary for you to take.