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Paxil is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, and is an antidepressant. It is part of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It is used to treat symptoms of depression, anxiety, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. It was the first antidepressant approved in the U.S. for “off-label” treatment for bipolar disorder and chronic headaches.
SSRIs work by blocking the reabsorption of serotonin, which can correct the chemical imbalance leading to depression. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that maintains positive emotions. Paxil has been available since 1993 and has been used by millions of people in the U.S.
The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning in 2005 that recommended all patients being treated with any type of antidepressant be monitored for worsening clinical behavior, unusual behavioral changes, or suicidal thoughts. This included those who take Paxil. Paxil has been shown to evoke erratic and unpredictable actions from children and young adults, and the FDA has issued a warning that Paxil should not be prescribed for children and teenagers.
Paxil and Birth Defects
Women who take Paxil are warned that the drug may increase the chance for birth defects during their first trimester. Birth defects that Paxil may increase the chances of include:
- Heart defects
- Pulmonary (lung) defects
- Brain and spinal cord defects
- Abdominal wall defects
- Anal atresia
Women who have become pregnant or for whom Paxil was prescribed during pregnancy may unknowingly subject their children to a barrage of dangerous side effects. Doctors who are prescribing Paxil should be aware of this threat and warn women who may become pregnant of the potential danger.
If you have experienced debilitating or violent side effects brought on by the use of Paxil, please contact the experienced pharmaceutical litigation attorneys at Morelli Ratner PC today. We serve clients in New York City, Long Island, Staten Island, New York state and New Jersey.