Paxil, an antidepressant, has been found to cause birth defects in babies and their mothers who took the drug during pregnancy.

Paxil (Paroxetine) belongs to a class of drug called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) that work by blocking certain receptors in the brain to change the mood. Paxil is specifically made to manage certain behavioral disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and panic attacks. The drug is also prescribed to patients who have pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder.

Paxil rained $11.7 billion in revenue for its manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, in nine years and along with this blockbuster success of the drug, have garnered a number of lawsuits filed by Plaintiffs who have complained about the injuries they’ve experienced after taking the drug.

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The devastating adverse effects of Paxil lead parents of the affected children to file lawsuits against the manufacturer of the drug. In previous lawsuits filed against Paxil’s manufacturer, the following adverse effects were cited:

  • scoliosis
  • septal heart defects
  • pulmonary atresia
  • pulmonary stenosis
  • clef palate
  • cleft atresia
  • malformed limbs
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • spina bifida
  • heart problems

Paxil is also linked to minor side effects like nausea, drowsiness, dry mouth and headache, but more complications are noted by clinical studies as the drug allegedly linked to suicidal tendencies. Other serious adverse effects like hallucinations, seizures, confusion and abnormal heart rate are also noted in patients who have taken the drug. Anyone who has experienced Paxil side effects are advised to step forward and find out about their possible legal options from lawyers with experience fighting drug manufacturers.