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Paxil Side Effects

Paxil lawyers are ready to help you with your lawsuit case on the dangerous side effects associated with the long-term use of Paxil. If you suffer or a loved one suffers from Paxil withdrawals as a result of regular prescribed use of the drug, click on a panel from the left or right side of this page to contact an experienced LawInfo Lead Counsel qualified Paxil attorney now!

While the dangerous effects of off-label use of Paxil on children and adolescents, and its dangerous withdrawal symptoms, have been the main focus in the news; there is also growing concern regarding the use of Paxil among pregnant women.

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 of their pregnancy. The most common birth defect is a heart defect in the baby. The early results of two studies showed women who took Paxil during the first trimester of their pregnancy were twice as likely to have a baby born with a heart defect than women who did not take Paxil, and one and a half times more likely to have a baby born with a heart defect than women who took other antidepressants. In addition to heart defects, babies born to women who took Paxil during the first trimester of their pregnancy are at risk for premature births and a serious condition where there is not enough oxygen in the baby's blood.

Health Canada warned in August 2004 that Paxil during late pregnancy might be putting babies at risk after international and Canadian reports indicated some newborns, especially if the mother used a newer antidepressant like Paxil during the final three months of pregnancy, developed complications at birth requiring prolonged hospitalization, breathing support and tube feeding. The reported symptoms in the babies included feeding and/or breathing difficulties, seizures, muscle rigidity, jitters and constant crying. Since there is also a lack of information regarding the safety of breastfeeding while taking Paxil, many women and obstetricians are frustrated with the lack of guidelines available to make informed decisions.

In addition to all side effects and withdrawal symptoms described above and throughout the site, Paxil has also been indicated to carry these serious side effects:

  • Body as a Whole: Allergic reaction, chills, face edema (abnormal amount of fluid in the facial tissue), infection, moniliasis (infection caused by Candida (yeast like fungi), neck pain, overdose. Cardiovascular: Bradycardia (abnormal slowness of the heartbeat), conduction abnormalities (abnormal transfer of sound waves, heat, nerve influences, or electricity), ECG abnormal, hypotension (lowered blood pressure), migraine, ventricular extrasystoles (a premature contraction of the heart).
  • Dermatological: Acne, alopecia (absence of hair from the body where it is normally present), dry skin, ecchymosis (blood under the skin, usually looks or appears like a bruise), eczema (an inflammatory skin disease characterized by lesions varying greatly in character, at times watery discharge and the development of scales and crust), furunculosis (a number of painful nodules formed in the skin, caused by bacteria, which enter through the hair follicles or glands, its formation is favored by digestive derangement and local irritation), herpes simplex, urticaria (reaction of the skin to certain drugs, marked by the appearance of smooth, slightly elevated patches, which are redder or paler than the surrounding skin and often includes severe itching).
  • Gastrointestinal: Bruxism (grinding of the teeth especially during sleep), buccal cavity disorders (cavity running from the cheeks to the lips), dysphagia (inflammation of the esophagus), eructation (the act of belching or casting up wind from the stomach), gastroentertitis (inflammation of the stomach or intestines), gastrointestinal flu, glossitis (inflammation of the tongue), increased salivation, liver function test abnormal, mouth ulceration, vomiting and diarrhea, rectal hemorrhage.
  • Hematologic and Lymphatic: Anemia, leukopenia (reduction in the number of leukocytes in the blood), lymphadenopathy (disease of the lymphnodes), purpura (condition charactized by the presence of blood just under the skin, can appear any where over the body), WBC abnormality (white blood cell abnormality).
  • Musculoskeletal: Arthralgia (pain in the joint), arthritis, traumatic fracture.
  • Nervous System: Akinesia (the temporary paralysis of a muscle, can include intense pain), alcohol abuse, amnesia, ataxia (failure of muscular coordination or irregularity of muscle action), convulsion, depersonalization, hallucinations, hyperkinesia (abnormally increased mobility, abnormally increased motor function or activity), hypertonia (a condition of excessive tone, tension or activity, can include increased blood pressure), incoordination, lack of emotion, manic reaction, paranoid reaction, thinking abnormal.
  • Respiratory: Asthma, bronchitis, dyspnea (difficult or labored breathing), epistaxis (hemorrhage from the nose), hyperventilation, pneumonia, respiratory flu, sinusitis.
  • Special Senses: Abnormality of accommodation, conjunctivitis, ear pain, eye pain, mydriasis (extreme or morbid dilation of the pupil), otitis media (inflammation of the ear which may be marked by pain, fever, abnormalities of hearing, deafness, tinnitus, and vertigo), tinnitus (a noise in the ear, as ringing, buzzing, roaring clicking etc).
  • Urogenital: Abortion, amenorrhea* (absence or abnormal stoppage of menses), breast pain*, cystitis (inflammation of the urinary bladder), dysmenorrhea* (painful menstruation), dysuria (painful or difficult urination), menorrhagia* (excessive uterine bleeding occurring at regular intervals), nocturia (excessive urination at night), polyuria (the passage of a large volume of urine in a given period), urinary incontinence, urinary retention, urinary tract infection, urinary urgency, vaginitis* (inflammation of the vagina). * Gender specific side effects.

Have you or your child been injured by dangerous suicidal thoughts and other destructive thoughts that may be linked with the regular prescribed use of Paxil? Have you suffered from Paxil's dangerous withdrawal symptoms or otherwise been injured by the drug? Was your baby born with a heart defect or other serious birth defect after taking Paxil during the first trimester of your pregnancy? Click on a panel from the left or right side of this page to contact a LawInfo Lead Counsel qualified Paxil lawyer now! You may have a lawsuit claim.

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