Paxil is an antidepressant used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). However, in 2005, the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) issued a strong warning about the risk of pregnant mothers developing fetuses with birth defects as a result of taking Paxil during the first three months of pregnancy. The FDA cautioned women planning a pregnancy or already pregnant to consult their physicians about using a different type of medication. If you believe that you or your baby suffered adversely from your Paxil use, consult Paxil birth defect attorneys for advice about taking legal action in Los Angeles.

According to Bloomberg News, Paxil manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) paid close to $1 billion so far to settle Paxil lawsuits. Paxil lawsuits target adverse side effects, such as higher risks for suicide and various birth defects in unborn babies, such as:

  • Heart disorders
  • Hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) which can limit oxygen supply to the bloodstream
  • Possible autism in children

Unlike other drugs subject to lawsuits, Paxil litigants have not just one reason but a number of reasons for suing. According to Bloomberg, GlaxoSmithKline PLC settled approximately $390 million for suicides or attempted suicides associated with Paxil. The manufacturer paid $200 million to settle Paxil addiction and birth defect litigation.

If you are in the Los Angeles area and gave birth to a child with birth defects or autism, or have other concerns about the adverse effects of Paxil, find out about pursuing Paxil litigation.

The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker offers a free consultation to discuss your injury and evaluate your case. If we pursue litigation, you owe no legal fees unless we recover compensation through verdict or settlement.