What is Paxil?
PAXIL (paroxetine HCI) is used for the treatment of major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder. PAXIL CR is used in the treatment of major depressive disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
What are the dangers associated with Paxil?
In September 2005, drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline informed health care professionals that it was updating the Pregnancy subsection of the PRECAUTIONS section of the labels for the drug PAXIL (paroxetine HCI) and PAXIL CR controlled-release tablets.
The new warning reflects the results of a study that indicates major congenital malformations in infants born to women taking antidepressants, including PAXIL, during the first trimester of pregnancy. According to an FDA MedWatch Alert, the study shows an increased risk of overall major congenital malformations for paroxetine in particular, as compared to other antidepressants.
These findings are a result of a retrospective epidemiologic study of 3,581 pregnant women, conducted by GSK, which examined major congenital malformations in infants born to women taking antidepressants in the first trimester of pregnancy.
The study revealed a greater risk for overall major congenital malformations for women using paroxetine compared to other antidepressants, as well as an increased risk for cardiovascular malformation using paroxetine as compared to other antidepressants. Ten out of 14 infants with cardiovascular malformations had ventricular septal defects.
Patients taking PAXIL or PAXIL CR should contact their physician before stopping use of any prescribed medication.
What can I do?
If you or your loved one has experienced a birth defect as a result of PAXIL, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free legal consultation, contact us today!