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Paxil Class Actions

If you or a loved one gave birth to a child with birth defects after using Paxil or other antidepressants during pregnancy, you may be eligible to file a class action lawsuit. The manufacturer of Paxil has already paid more than $1 billion to settle over 800 Paxil lawsuits filed by the families of children who suffer from birth defects caused by the antidepressant.

Multiple studies have shown that women who use Paxil during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to a child with serious birth defects. Using Paxil during the first trimester of pregnancy can double the risk of atrial septal defects (ASD) and ventral septal defects (VSD). Women who use Paxil during the final weeks of pregnancy are six times more likely to give birth to a child with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).

In addition, women who take Paxil while pregnant may also be more likely to give birth to a baby with a cleft mitral valve, patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), cardiomyopathy, craniosynostosis, omphalocele, bicuspid aortic valve, tricuspid stenosis, club foot, spina bifida, anencephaly, congenital heart defects or other birth defects.

In December 2005, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about the risk of birth defects from taking Paxil. The agency upgraded Paxil to its Pregnancy Category D, meaning that it has a proven risk of causing birth defects. But despite a growing body of scientific evidence linking Paxil to an increased risk of birth defects when taken during pregnancy, the manufacturer of this drug has not announced plans to issue a Paxil recall.

To learn more about whether you may qualify to file a lawsuit over Paxil birth defects, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP for a free legal consultation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation located on this page.

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