If your child was born with heart defects or other birth defects after you or a loved one used Paxil during pregnancy, you may have legal rights and may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Speaking with an experienced Paxil attorney is the first step in determining whether you may be able to seek compensation for your child’s injuries.
Hundreds of families have already filed Paxil lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturer of the antidepressant. These lawsuits have alleged that the company failed to properly warn parents about the dangers of taking the drug while pregnant, and may have even hidden information about the side effects of Paxil.
Studies have shown that using Paxil during the first trimester of pregnancy can double the risk of giving birth to a child with serious heart defects. The most commonly recorded type of heart defects in these studies were atrial septal defects (ASD) or ventral septal defects (VSD). Researchers have also found that women who use Paxil after the 20th week of pregnancy are six times more likely to give birth to a child with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), a serious and potentially fatal respiratory condition.
The Food and Drug Administration has warned about the risk of Paxil side effects for the children of mothers who take the antidepressant during pregnancy. Although the agency upgraded Paxil from pregnancy category C to category D—meaning that the drug may pose a risk to the health of the fetus—the FDA has not announced plans to issue a Paxil recall.
To speak with a lawyer and learn whether you may be eligible to file a Zoloft or Paxil birth defects lawsuit, contact the law firm of Hissey Kientz, LLP. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-888-776-5552, or by filling out a free case evaluation form on the right of this page.