Does Your Baby Suffer From Dangerous Paxil Side Effects?

Paxil is an SSRI prescription drug used by millions of Americans to treat depression and a number of other disorders including, but not limited to, anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Recent studies suggest an increased link between Paxil use during pregnancy and severe birth defects that include the following:

  1. Congenital heart defect: Most of the heart defects reported in these studies are either atrial septal defects or ventricular septal defects (holes in the walls of the chambers of the heart). Generally speaking these defects range in severity from ones that resolve by themselves to others that require surgical intervention.
  2. Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN): A recent New England Journal of Medicine study released results showing that PPHN was 6 times more common in infants whose mothers took SSRI antidepressant during pregnancy compared to babies whose mothers did not take an antidepressant.
  3. Abdominal and cranial birth defects: Studies suggest that there may be a causal link between two separate congenital (present at birth) abnormalities called omphalocele and craniosynostosis. Omphalocele is a congenital abdominal wall defect at the base of the umbilical cord; the infant is born with a sac protruding through the defect, which contains the small intestine, liver and large intestine. In turn, craniosynostosis is a congenital defect that causes one or more sutures on a baby's head to close earlier than normal, resulting in an abnormally shaped head.

Contact Our Law Firm If Your Baby Suffered Serious Side Effects

If you or a loved one has taken Paxil on a regular basis during any part of your pregnancy and has a child who suffers from birth defects, you may be entitled to compensation.

Our attorneys are here to help you obtain compensation for your injuries due to Paxil use. Please contact us today for a free evaluation by calling James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C., 304-881-0652 or by completing our online form.