The use of Paxil during pregnancy has been linked to severe birth defects in babies. Contact our law firm if you or your child has been adversely affected by Paxil.
The FDA is currently advising consumers and healthcare professionals about a risk of birth defects associated with the use of Paxil during their first three months of pregnancy. Federal drug regulators are suggesting that Paxil may increase the risk of heart defects and other devastating complications in unborn children, including a birth defect called persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). Some clinical studies have indicated that women who use Paxil during their first trimester of pregnancy are more likely to have a baby with a heart defect than if they were using other antidepressants. Because of these studies, the FDA requested that GlaxoSmithKline reclassify Paxil as a pregnancy Category D drug, which means the medication has the potential to interrupt fetal development and cause fetal malformations.
Birth Defects Potentially Linked to Paxil
Recent studies published in reputable medical journals have looked at the use of antidepressant medications like Paxil during pregnancy and the potential for life-threatening birth defects like PPHN. According to research, newborns with PPHN exhibit serious complications like lack of oxygen due to abnormal blood flow through the heart and lungs. This devastating birth defect can cause babies to suffer from a variety of adverse effects and in some cases, may even lead to death. Studies have shown that babies born to women who take Paxil and other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are six times as likely to suffer from PPHN.
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If you or your child has been adversely affected by Paxil or another pharmaceutical drug, we are here to help. Our reputable attorneys at Oklahoma Legal Center have years of experience handling pharmaceutical litigation and are not afraid to stand up to big drug companies like GlaxoSmithKline to protect your rights. Contact our Oklahoma City-based law firm today for a free consultation.