Paxil is a prescription drug most commonly used for depression and other psychiatric disorders. Patients who took Paxil were exposed to serious risks that may not have been adequately explained to them when first prescribed. These risks include:
- Severe birth injuries and birth defects (including heart defects)
- Suicidal tendencies
It's also been discovered that the manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, may have hidden dangerous facts about this drug and allegedly misrepresented data on prescribing Paxil to children. Paxil has allegedly harmed many people, and for this reason there have been many Paxil lawsuits.
Paxil Side Effects in Adults, Children, and Babies
Over the years, scientists and doctors have strongly questioned Paxil's safety. Adults using Paxil have filed lawsuits over its adverse side effects and problems associated with withdrawal. Additionally, even though Paxil was never approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for patients under 18, it was prescribed to many children. Now, GlaxoSmithKline is facing lawsuits from parents of children and adolescents who were given Paxil. Among other claims, the company is accused of suppressing data showing that the drug increased suicidal tendencies in young people.
The use of this drug is especially risky during the first three months of pregnancy. In 2005, the FDA issued an alert to health care professionals and patients warning them of a study showing that the children of women who took Paxil were at an increased risk for birth defects, particularly heart defects. In response, the manufacturer had to change its labeling for the drug.
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As a result of these distressing statistics, lawsuits are being filed by adult patients as well as parents of children and adolescents. These lawsuits usually include one or a number of the following claims:
- The manufacturer failed to provide adequate warnings about Paxil's side effects
- The manufacturer was negligent in conducting drug safety studies
- The drug was defectively designed or manufactured
Plaintiffs in these types of cases typically seek to recover damages for medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Two of the first Paxil lawsuits resulted in a $2.5 million award to the family of a child born with heart defects, and an $8 million verdict for the family of a man who killed his wife, daughter, and granddaughter before committing suicide. Since these cases, the manufacturer has paid billions in Paxil settlements. If you or your child took Paxil and later developed a serious side effect, it's important to file your Paxil lawsuit in time, or you may give up your right to be compensated for your injuries.
Have You Suffered from Paxil's Side Effects? Get a Free Legal Evaluation
Maybe you took Paxil during the first trimester of your pregnancy and your child was born prematurely, with a heart defect, or some other serious condition. Or maybe you or your child has suffered from one of Paxil's many serious side effects. In either case, you shouldn't have to bear the financial burden alone. If you or someone you care about has been harmed by Paxil, assert your rights by receiving a free case review from an experienced attorney.
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