Women who took Paxil® during pregnancy and gave birth to babies with birth defects are winning legal battles around the country
November 1, 2010 – Did you know that in the summer months of 2010 alone, pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) agreed to settle more than 200 Paxil cases?
GSK made the move to settle in June after a Philadelphia jury awarded the family of a child born with three heart defects $2.5 million last fall. The jury found that the drugmaker failed to conduct adequate studies of Paxil, even though it knew the drug might cause birth defects but marketed it anyway.
Birth Defects Linked to Antidepressants
Over the last several years, information has been emerging that antidepressants like Paxil may cause cardiac, pulmonary, neural-tube and other birth defects including (but not limited to):
- 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
- Craniosynostosis – cranial skull defect
- Omphalocele – abdominal wall defect
- Gastroschisis – abdominal wall defect
- Esophageal Stenosis
- Club Foot
- Anal Atresia
What other side effects have been associated with Paxil?
Aside from devastating birth defects, Paxil has been associated with a wide array of frightening side effects including (but not limited to): increase in depression and/or anxiety, paranoia, apathy, impulsive behaviors, emotional instability, mood swings, nightmares or vivid dreams, weight gain, weight loss, headache, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, dry mouth, sleepiness, insomnia, heavy sweating, muscle ache, muscle weakness, vertigo, motion sickness, loss of sexual drive, inability to achieve orgasm, teeth grinding, dilated pupils, and even suicidal thoughts.