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Paxil Drug Reactions

Paxil, a popular antidepressant, less commonly referred to as Aropax is known for causing horrendous and often life-threatening side effects.  Regardless of your experience thus far with the popular antidepressant, Paxil, compensation for drug reactions encountered can be received by consulting with a qualified Houston paxil  attorney.


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What Is Paxil?

Paxil, sold and created by pharmaceutical manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline, is the brand name for the drug paroxetine.  This prescription medication is often recommended by doctors to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and depression.

Developed by GlaxoSmithKline, which is comprised of various pharmaceutical companies, including SmithKline Beecham, Paxil has reluctantly been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).  Available in two various forms, oral tablets and oral suspension, the popular antidepressant drug was prescribed over nineteen million times, according to prescriptions recorded from doctors in 2006.

A member of the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) class of antidepressants, Paxil prevents receptors within the brain from absorbing serotonin after it has been released.  By helping individuals maintain sensations of proper well-being, Paxil prevents the re-absorption serotonin, which alleviates and subsides negative emotions and feelings.  Although taking several weeks to affect users, SSRIs can result in multiple side-effects such as nausea, sexual side-effects, and somnolence;  unlike other SSRIs, Paxil is not a culprit of weight gain.

Despite the common use of Paxil, combined with sales of over $1 billion dollars in 2007, many negative effects of the antidepressant drug have been noted by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).  Since acknowledging these affects, the FDA has since required more definitive product warnings and prescription requirements, which eventually resulted in the 2004 “black box” Paxil warning.  Despite warnings issued by the FDA, no attempts have been made to remove the product from the market;  neither has the FDA issued or required a Paxil recall announcement of any sort.  Faced with numerous amounts of class action lawsuits, GlaxoSmithKline’s promotion of Paxil to children under the age of 18 have cost the drug manufacturing giant over $40 million dollars since 2008.  As of July 2010, GlaxoSmithKline has settled over $1 billion dollars in lawsuits involving birth defects;  in each of these cases, the average compensation amount of each Paxil settlement totaled $1 million dollars.

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Birth Defects & Paxil

Paxil is known to cause injuries, birth defects, and other various complications, particularly within women who are pregnant within the first trimester.  Typical birth defects include:

  • Spina bifida
  • Neural tube defects
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Macrocephaly
  • Left outflow tract heart defects
  • Septal heart defects
  • Enlarged heart
  • Gastroschisis
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Delayed development
  • Cleft lip or palate
  • Clubbed foot
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Miscarriage
  • Premature birth

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Additional Paxil Effects

Paxil usage is also known to result in other possible side effects such as increased thoughts of suicide and complications for those with pre-existing conditions of the heart.  Since 1990, individuals have reported cases of antidepressants, such as Paxil, increasing thoughts and behaviors of suicide.  In addition to increased thoughts of suicide, Paxil is also known to increase risk of death for individuals suffering from coronary artery disease.

Have you or a loved one experienced any dangerous symptoms or unusual medical conditions related to Paxil use?  Contact the Paxil lawyers of the Lassiter Law Firm today to discuss your options and to protect your right to a legal remedy for any injuries caused by Paxil use.

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Published by James Lassiter on 2013-08-13

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