SSRI Antidepressants & Birth Defects

Paxil® and Pregnancy

If you, or some you love, took Paxil® during pregnancy and your child was born with a birth defect or suffered a birth injury, you may be entitled to claim money damages.

Paxil® (generic:paroxetine) is a popular antidepressant medication. Paxil® is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. Despite the obvious benefits of Paxil®, new medical evidence suggests that exposure to Paxil® or drugs containing paroxetine during pregnancy may put mothers at an increased risk of giving birth to a baby with a life-changing birth defect.

Paxil® Linked To 2.5x increase in Cardiovascular Heart Defects

Atrial Septal Defects (ASD) and Ventricular Septal Defects (VSD) are commonly known as holes in the chambers of the heart. They are among the most common congenital heart defects. The atrial septum is the wall between the left and right atria or upper chambers of the heart. There is a natural opening before birth that usually closes on its own shortly after birth. When this “flap” fails close, the child has an ASD. The ventricular septum is the wall between the left and right ventricles (lower chambers) of the heart. A hole in the ventricular septum is called a VSD. Most infants born with a septal heart defect require surgery and extensive medication. Frequently, specialist pediatric cardiological care is required, then later life-long care by an adult congenital cardiologist.

Paxil® linked to a 3x increase in Right Ventricular Flow Defect

Paxil® and SSRIs like it have been lined to a defect of heart’s right ventricle. Where Right Ventricular Flow Defect exists, the right ventricle thickens and the heart has to pump harder than it should to move blood.

Paxil® linked to a 2x increase in Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)

SSRIs like Paxil® have been associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) or coronary artery disease. CHD is a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart.

Paxil® linked to a 3.5x increase in Cystic Kidney

Cystic kidney disease is characterized by the growth of numerous cysts in the kidneys. These cysts fill with fluid and can slowly replace much of the mass of the kidneys, reducing kidney function and subsequently can lead to kidney failure.

FDA Paxil® Warnings

Currently, the FDA has given Paxil® a Category D warning, those reserved for drugs scientifically proven to pose a risk to the fetus when taken during pregnancy. FDA information on Lexapro

As one of the nations’ leading prescription drug litigation law firms, Burg Simpson is committed to providing legal help to families and children harmed by selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) antidepressants like Paxil®.

If you took Paxil® while pregnant, and your child is showing signs of a birth defect, it is important that you contact an experienced drug recall lawyer as soon as possible. If you wait, evidence that could help establish your case may be lost, damaged, or even destroyed. In addition, statutes of limitations put strict time limits in place by which lawsuits must be filed. These time limits vary depending on the state in which you live.

Contact us today for a free, no-obligation review of your case.


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