Paxil lawyers are ready to help you with your lawsuit claim. Paxil has been indicated to have seriously dangerous side effects and withdrawal symptoms. On top of that, it has been prescribed to children and it has not only been proven to be ineffective, it has also been proven to increase the risk of suicidal thoughts. Additionally, studies have show that women who take Paxil during the first trimester of their pregnancy have an increased risk of having a baby born with birth defects. Are you suffering from the dangerous side effects or withdrawal symptoms of Paxil? Has your child been prescribed Paxil? Was your baby born with a birth defect after you took Paxil during the first trimester of your pregnancy? Click a panel from the left or right side of this page to contact an experienced Paxil attorney now! You may have a lawsuit claim.
Paxil, manufactured by SmithKline Beecham (dba GlaxoSmithKline), entered the market in the United States in December of 1992. It was the third of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to hit the U.S. market for the treatment of depression. Since the first SSRI (Prozac) was approved in the United States in 1988, there has been considerable controversy over whether SSRIs, including Paxil, can cause some people to become violent and/or suicidal.
It is now generally recognized that SSRIs, including Paxil, can cause a condition called akathisia (severe inner restlessness) that in turn is associated with suicidal tendencies. In the most recent edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision ("DSM IV TR") under Differential Diagnosis it states: "Serotonin-specific reuptake inhibitor antidepressant medications may produce akathisia . . ." "Akathisia may be associated with dysphoria (restlessness, depression & anxiety), irritability, aggression, or suicide attempts." Read more about Akathisia in the Frequently Asked Questions on Paxil.
In October 2003, the FDA notified healthcare professionals of reports of the occurrence of suicidal tendencies (both suicidal ideation and suicide attempts) in clinical trials for various antidepressant drugs in pediatric patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). FDA has completed a preliminary review of such reports for 8 antidepressant drugs (citalopram [Celexa], fluoxetine [Prozac], fluvoxamine [Luvox], mirtazapine [Remeron], nefazodone [Serzone], paroxetine [Paxil], sertraline [Zoloft], and venlafaxine [Effexor]) studied under the pediatric exclusivity provision, and has determined that additional data and analysis, and also a public discussion of available data, are needed.
In March 2004, the Food and Drug Administration issued a Public Health Advisory that provides further cautions to physicians, their patients, and families and caregivers of patients about the need to closely monitor both adults and children with depression, especially at the beginning of treatment, or when the doses are changed with either an increase or decrease in amount.
In December of 2005, the FDA warned health care professionals and patients about an increased risk of birth defects when women take Paxil during the first trimester. The most common birth defect is a heart defect in the baby; however, premature births and a serious condition where there is not enough oxygen in the baby's blood have also been reported by women who took Paxil during the first trimester of their pregnancy. Additionally, the FDA asked GlaxoSmithKline to change the pregnancy category for Paxil from C to D. Category D is a stronger warning that means there is a demonstrated risk to the fetus.
Shortly after the release of the Public Health Advisory, FDA and GlaxoSmithKline notified healthcare professionals of revisions to the WARNINGS and PRECAUTIONS sections of Paxil labeling to alert healthcare professionals that patients with major depressive disorder, both adult and pediatric, may experience worsening of their depression and/or the emergence of suicidal ideation and behavior (suicidal tendencies), whether or not they are taking antidepressant medications.
These new warnings and clinical findings are entirely too little too late. How about people who have been using Paxil for years? How about the women who were prescribed Paxil during the first trimester of their pregnancy? How about the people whose children have been prescribed Paxil then ended their lives due to the effects of these drugs? Are you a victim? Click a panel from the left or right side of this page to contact an experienced Paxil lawyer now. Do not take the risk of having your claim rejected because you waited too long to see an attorney. Click on the panels to find a Paxil lawyer now.
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