Several studies have linked Paxil to an increased risk of heart defects and other birth defects in children whose mothers took the antidepressant while pregnant. Despite the studies, neither the Food and Drug Administration nor the drug’s manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), have announced plans to recall Paxil.
According to two studies published in 2005, children born to women who take Paxil while pregnant are twice as likely to suffer serious heart defects. The most common heart defects suffered by the children of mothers who used Paxil are atrial septal defects (ASD) and ventral septal defects (VSD), holes in the walls that separate the chambers of the heart.
In a third study, researchers found that women who take Paxil or other antidepressants during the final weeks of pregnancy are six times more likely to give birth to children with primary pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). PPHN is a serious birth defect that causes circulatory and respiratory problems which may be fatal.
Paxil may also be linked to a number of other serious heart defects and birth defects, including cardiomyopathy, craniosynostosis, hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), hypoplastic right heart syndrome (HRHS), congenital malformations, limb reduction, neural tube defects, omphalocele, patent ductus arteriosus, bicuspid aortic valve, cardiovascular malformations, tricuspid stenosis, cleft mitral valve, club foot and severe withdrawal symptoms.
Although no plans for a Paxil recall have been announced, GSK has already settled nearly 200 lawsuits that were filed on behalf of children who allegedly suffered heart defects or birth defects due to their mothers’ use of Paxil while pregnant. GSK is currently facing more than 600 additional Paxil lawsuits that were not part of this settlement.
If you or a loved one took Paxil, Zoloft or other brands of antidepressants during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with side effects, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz to find out more about your rights. You can call our toll-free number at 1-888-776-5552 or fill out a free case evaluation on the right of this page.