Paxil, which is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline PC, is in a class of antidepressants known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). Women who are taking or took the antidepressant Paxil during pregnancy are at a high risk of their children developing certain birth defects.
The FDA issued its first Public Health Advisory warning about these risks in December of 2005. This warning came about after studies showed a link between exposure to Paxil during pregnancy and an increased risk of heart birth defects. Most of the cardiac defects observed in these studies were atrial or ventricular septal defects, which are conditions affecting the wall between the right and left sides of the heart). Other side effects that have been associated with taking Paxil during pregnancy may include but are not limited to heart birth defects, abdominal birth defects, neural tube defects, a defect known as “club foot”, and a condition known as anal atresia. Other SSRI drugs, including Wellbutrin, Effexor, Lexapro and Zoloft have been shown to cause similar birth defects when taken during pregnancy.
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If you or someone you know took a SSRI during pregnancy and her child suffered a birth defect, there may be a valid claim. You or the person affected may contact us at (312) 346-2222 for more information, or complete our online form.
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