Paxil Linked to More Birth Defects

Various new studies performed by the FDA and drug company GlaxoSmithKline have found that Paxil is linked to twice as many birth defects as other antidepressants.  The results are startling and in summary, healthcare professionals need to be advised to carefully weigh the risks of prescribing Paxil to pregnant women.  Alternate treatment options need to be pursued.

According to the FDA, a study of around 4,000 pregnant women found that Paxil was linked to twice as many substantial birth defects as other antidepressants.  Of the birth defects viewed in the study, most were heart related; mainly heart malformations and ventricular septal defects.  Paxil was also linked to an increased risk for malformations.  Antidepressants, including Paxil and others like Prozac have been linked to withdrawal symptoms in children born to mothers who were taking the drugs.  These symptoms include difficulty breathing, turning blue, having seizures, changing temperature, feeding irritability, vomiting, stiffness, shakiness, tremor, low blood sugar and more than average crying.  Like most antidepressants, Paxil can probably be present in breast milk so mothers taking antidepressants while breast-feeding are also putting babies at risk for further developmental problems.

If you or a loved one suffered birth defects that you believe are related to a pharmaceutical medication, call a birth injury lawyer today at 314.409.7060 or 855.402.7274 to receive the justice and compensation you deserve.

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