What is Paxil?

Paxil, known generically as paroxetine, is an antidepressant from the family of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Made by GlaxoSmithKline, Paxil was introduced to the market in 1992. It’s one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and social phobia.

Paxil & Birth Defects

Warnings about Paxil were strengthened because it may cause an increased risk of heart defects in unborn babies. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) requested that Paxil’s manufacturer reclassify the drug as a “Category D” for pregnant women. This category indicates a risk to unborn babies in studies of pregnant women taking the drug. In the studies, pregnant women who took the drug during their first trimester had a significant increase of babies born with birth defects.

FDA Suicide Warning For Paxil

In May 2006, the FDA issued a warning that Paxil increases risk of suicide in people aged 18-30.

The FDA also warned doctors not to prescribe Paxil to patients under the age of 18. The drug is linked to suicidal behavior within that age group. In addition, Paxil now carries a warning label alerting all patients to possible worsening symptoms of depression or suicidal thoughts.

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If you, or someone you care about, were hurt because of taking Paxil, you need to act quickly. When our law firm gets involved with your case, we immediately get to work investigating the cause of your drug reaction and fighting for your legal rights to fair compensation.

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