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Cranial Birth Defects, Craniosynostosis & Paxil Lawsuit


In a recent study, Paxil was linked to the development serious congenital side effect called craniosynostosis. The results of the National Birth Defects Prevention Study of Infants showed that babies born to mothers who took Paxil may have an increased risk of developing craniosynostosis than babies born to mothers who did not take Paxil during pregnancy.

What Craniosynostosis?

Craniosynostosis is a congenital (present at birth) defect that causes one or more sutures on a baby’s head to close earlier than normal. Sutures are connections that separate each individual skull bones. The early closing of a suture leads to an abnormally shaped head.

Results from the study prompted GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to send a letter to doctors and healthcare professionals advising them of a change to the Pregnancy subsection of the PRECAUTIONS section in the labels for PAXIL regarding the increased risk of craniosynostosis.

Learn More About Craniosynostosis: National Institute of Nerological Disorders and Stroke | Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin | U.S. National Institutes of Health MedlinePlus | John Hopkins University School of Medicine

Other Birth Defects Linked to Antidepressants

Other birth defects linked to the use of antidepressants include:

  • Atrial Septal Defects (ASD) – also known as ‘hole in the heart’ defects
  • Ventral Septal Defects (VSD) – hole in the heart wall
  • Valve Problems – malformed or stuck and won’t close
  • Tricuspid Valve (Ebstein’s Anomaly)
  • Mitral Valve
  • Transposition of the Great Arteries / Vessels
  • Tetralogy of the Fallot
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
  • Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS)
  • Tricuspid Atresia
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Atresia
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Truncus Arteriosus
  • Tricuspid Valve Stenosis
  • Heart Murmur
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
  • Pulmonary Stenosis
  • Omphalocele – abdominal wall defect
  • Gastroschisis – abdominal wall defect
  • Esophageal Stenosis
  • Club Foot
  • Anal Atresia
  • Spina Bifida

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