Used to treat a variety of mood disorders – including depression, bipolar disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder – Paxil may cause serious side effects. Approved by the FDA in 1992, Paxil may cause harm to a fetus if taken during pregnancy and could increase risk of suicidal thoughts or actions.
Those harmed have legal rights. If you suffered harm – or someone you love did – call Cordisco & Saile LLC at 215-642-2335 to review your case and your rights.
How Paxil Works
The active ingredient in Paxil is paroxetine hydrochloride, which, like other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), limits the amount of reabsorption of serotonin in the brain. In this way, the drug controls chemical levels in the brain, helping to promote mood stability.
Paxil Side Effects
An FDA Medication Guide for Paxil lists several possible side effects, many of which can be quite serious.
- Suicidal thoughts or actions (particularly in children, teens and young adults within first few months of treatment or upon changing the dose)
- Serotonin syndrome or Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome-like reactions (changes in mental status, coordination problems, racing heart, sweating/fever, nausea/vomiting, muscle rigidity, etc.)
- Visual problems
- Severe allergic reactions
- Abnormal bleeding
- Seizures or convulsions
- Manic episodes
- Changes in appetite or weight
- Low sodium levels
Children, particularly those younger than age 12, should not take Paxil. Patients who cease taking Paxil may experience extreme withdrawal effects, which the drug company refers to as discontinuation syndrome.
Birth Defects Possible
The drug may be dangerous for an unborn fetus if the pregnant mother takes Paxil. The same Medication Guide referenced above states that taking Paxil may increase the risk of birth defects, particularly heart defects. Additionally, Paxil can be passed through breast milk from a mother who’s taking Paxil to a baby who’s breastfeeding. As such, you may be putting your baby at risk of side effects if you breastfeed while taking the drug.
The FDA classifies Paxil as a class D drug. This is its most serious warning. Studies found that there may be a risk to the fetus if women take the drug while pregnant.
Liability for Harm Caused by Paxil
If you, your baby or a loved one suffered harm because of Paxil use, you probably have questions about who’s liable for those injuries. Many people have filed lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline, Paxil’s manufacturer, on the basis that GlaxoSmithKline fully knew of the dangers of Paxil yet failed to disclose them to the public. Talk to an attorney about whether you have grounds for a lawsuit based on the circumstances of your case.
Others who may be liable for harm caused by a defective drug may include a doctor, pharmacy, distributor or another party involved in the manufacturing and distribution of Paxil.
Call an Attorney Now!
In Pennsylvania, there is a statute of limitations that places a limit on the amount of time that you have to file a claim – two years from the date of injury. So get started right away if you or a loved one suffered harm.
An attorney can explain product liability law as it relates to your case and help you determine who may be liable for your injuries. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our attorneys will represent you in a Paxil lawsuit from beginning to end to help recover fair compensation for your damages, like medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, etc. To begin, call us today at 215-642-2335 or set up a consultation via our contact form.