Paxil Birth Defects Lawsuit | Side Effects :
The leading law firm Alonso Krangle LLP is currently investigating potential legal claims on behalf of families who believe their baby was born with a birth defect due to the mother’s use of Paxil during pregnancy. Paxil is one of the most widely-prescribed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants (SSRI) currently on the market. Paxil birth defects being investigated by our defective drug lawyers include:
- Atrial septal defects (ASD) and ventral septal defects (VSD) of the heart
- Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN)
- Patent ductus arteriosus
- Tricuspid stenosis
- Bicuspid aortic valve
- Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)
- Hypoplastic right heart syndrome (HRHS),
- Cleft mitral valve
- Spina bifida
- Club foot
The lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP are leaders in defective drug litigation, and understand the devastating financial and emotional impact birth defects have on children and their family. If your child hurt because of Paxil, your family deserves compensation from the maker of the drug. Filing a Paxil birth defect lawsuit could enable you to obtain money damages for your child’s pain, suffering, and current and future medical needs, as well as your family’s emotional distress. The defective drug lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP are currently offering free lawsuit consultations to any family who believes Paxil caused their baby’s birth defect. To learn more about obtaining justice for your baby, please contact the Paxil defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle today.
Paxil and Birth Defects
Paxil is an SSRI that was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 1992 to treat depression. It may also be used to treat social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In 2005, the FDA moved Paxil from Pregnancy Category C to Category D because of its association with birth defects. The classification means that studies in pregnant women have shown a risk to the fetus. The FDA made the move after two studies of pregnant women taking Paxil during their first trimester showed that their babies have heart defects at a rate of 1.5 to 2 times the norm.
In 2006, the FDA asked the manufacturers of several SSRI antidepressants, including Paxil, to add information to their labels describing the potential risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) after a study in the New England Journal of Medicine found a six-fold increased risk of the disorder among infants born to mothers who took an antidepressant in the later months of pregnancy.
Other studies that have pointed to a link between SSRIs, like Paxil, and birth defects include:
- A 2007 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) that linked SSRI drugs to neural tube defects, including spina bifida and anencephaly.
- Both the National Birth Defects Prevention Study of Infants and the NEJM published research in 2007 which linked SSRI antidepressants to cranial defects and abdominal birth defects.
- Another 2007 study published by the NEJM found that children born to pregnant women who took an SSRI were three times more likely to suffer right ventricular defects than women who did not take the drug. The study also found that these children may be at an increased risk of other cardiac defects.
- In a 2011 study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, researchers from Kaiser Permanente Northern California found that the risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder was about twice as high among women who took SSRIs in the year before delivery. That risk was four times higher in women who took SSRIs during their first trimester.
Learn More About Filing A PaxiI Birth Defect Lawsuit
If your child was born with a birth defect and you believe Paxil might be to blame, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of this medication. To learn more about the legal options available to you, please contact the Paxil birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP by filling out our online form or calling 800-403-6191.