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Paxil Lawsuit Report

By | Paxil, Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized

Published May 11, 2012 

Paxil Lawsuit News – 5/11/2012: Paxil may be linked to serious negative side effects. If you took Paxil and believe you suffered negative side effects as a result, contact us today so that we can make arrangements for a free consultation with a law firm that is investigating cases related to the side effects of Paxil.

Paxil Lawsuit: Families are continuing to file lawsuits against Paxil because of the occurrence of side effects from Paxil. Paxil is known as an anti-depressant, specifically a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). There are different chemicals in your brain and SSRIs work to prevent the nerve cells from reabsorbing serotonin, thus making serotonin in the brain more available. It is believed by some that an imbalance of chemicals is the cause of depression and one available treatment is prescribing SSRIs because serotonin is essential to mood enhancement.

While SSRIs were first prescribed to depressed patients because of the reduced amount of side effects when compared to previous generations of anti-depressants, the side effects of Paxil can be extremely dangerous. Of particular concern is Paxil and pregnancy.

Paxil Lawsuit: Taking Paxil while pregnant can affect the development of the fetus. This then results in the Paxil bad side effects. Taking Paxil during the first trimester is especially dangerous. When babies are exposed to Paxil during the first trimester, they may be born with heart problems such as atrial or ventricular septal defects.

These defects are holes in the wall that separates the heart chambers. When this heart problem exists, it makes the organ work harder than it should. It is possible that over time this defect may correct itself, but may be so severe that it will require surgery. Paxil Lawsuit

Another negative Paxil side effect includes abnormalities in the development of the abdomen (omphalocele). A type of abdominal wall defect linked to the use of Paxil is when the intestines, liver and other organs stay outside the abdomen in a sac. In a Paxil baby, the muscles in the abdominal wall (umbilical ring) do not close properly.

Once the baby is born and doing well, this side effect of Paxil will require corrective surgery. This surgery creates a cavity inside the abdomen to contain the intestinal contents. If your child has suffered from a Paxil birth defect, contact a Paxil lawyer for a consultation.

FDA Announces 10 Drugs With Severe Birth Defect Warnings

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized

Posted January 10, 2012 

San Diego, CA — (SBWIRE) — 01/10/2012 The drugs found on this list went through multiple tests, research experiments, and survey before the FDA classified them as dangerous to babies during pregnancy.

Zoloft (sertraline), a popular antidepressant known as a “selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor” (SSRI), is linked to dangerous side effects in users and serious birth defects (including, heart murmur, hole in the heart and other serious heart defects) if taken by pregnant women. Since 2006, the FDA has warned against the use of Zoloft and other SSRIs in pregnant mothers.

Paxil (paroxetine), one of the most widely prescribed SSRI’s for depression in adults has also been associated with serious side effects in men and women and very dangerous birth defects like heart defects that can result in death if taken by pregnant women. Also part of the 2006 study of SSRI side effects, Paxil has been identified by the FDA to be dangerous for women who are pregnant or who become pregnant.

Prozac (fluoxetine) is probably the most popular anti-depressant and SSRI prescribed by physicians over the past decade and is considered by the FDA to be highly dangerous for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. Side effects of Prozac include heart defects, cleft palate/cleft lip, and persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborns (PPHN).

Celexa (citalopram), one of the more recent brand-named SSRI’s used to treat depression, was identified by the FDA in 2011 as being linked to very serious side effects as well as birth defects. The FDA issued a warning to adults who took higher dosages of Celexa that they are at a greater risk of deadly heart conditions including fatal heart rhythm problems. Consumer Reports released an article on the study as well.

Wellbutrin (bupropion hydrochloride), was identified by the FDA in 2009 to have links to dangerous side effects and potentially fatal birth defects. A public health advisory was released by the FDA pointing out that Wellbutrin, Chantix and Zyban may increase the risk of suicide and serious neuropsychiatric symptoms.

Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate) is prescribed by doctors to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder and is in the group of medications classified as SSRIs or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Similar to Zoloft, Paxil and Prozac, Lexapro has been linked to serious and dangerous side effects including thoughts of suicide in adults and heart defects in children from mothers who have taken these products.

Effexor (venlafaxine) is an antidepressant and anti-anxiety drug that was approved by the FDA and released on the market in 2004 as an another SSRI. Since then it has been shown to have a direct correlation with permanent and dangerous birth defects including abdominal birth defects, anal atresia, cardiac defects, limb defects and genital defects.

Diflucan (fluconazole), a powerful anti-fungal medication prescribed to women with yeast infections and other types of fungal infections in the body and organs, may be associated with rare but very serious side effects and birth defects in infants whose mothers were treated with Diflucan. The FDA reported the following possible birth defects: mis-shaped head, cleft palate/cleft lip, joint deformities and congenital heart disease and heart defects.

Topamax (topiramate) is an anti-seizure drug used to treat epileptics and is also prescribed for adults suffering migraine headaches. In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration strengthened their warning based on new data that links Topamax to severe birth defects when used while pregnant. If you or someone you know has taken or is currently taking Topamax, it is strongly urged by the FDA to discuss alternative treatments for seizures and migraines.

Depakote (divalproex sodium), another popular anti-seizure drug prescribed by doctors to treat epileptic seizures, has been reported in some studies to be linked to severe birth defects and side effects. Birth defects identified in these studies include: holes in the heart, abnormal skull formation, cleft palate/cleft lip, and spina bifida.

If you or someone close to you have taken any of the above drugs and have experienced any of the following birth defects contact a Birth Defect Attorney immediately to discuss your options.

  • Hole in Heart
  • Heart Defects
  • Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate
  • Club Foot, Fetal Death
  • Anal Atresia
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
  • Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS)Lung Disease/Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Limb Defect/Genital Defect
  • Ventrical Outflow Defect
  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
  • Tetralogy of the Fallot
  • Transposition of the Great Arteries
  • A Ventrical Septal Defect (VSD)
  • Pulmonary Hypertension in newborn (PPHN)
  • Additional Conditions Included…

Anyone who has taken any prescribed medications during pregnancy should discuss their options with a licensed birth defect lawyer immediately. They may be entitled to financial compensation.

Attorney Jeff Lowe Speaks about Paxil Birth Defects

By | Paxil, Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized

Posted April 27, 2010 

St. Louis, MO: Women who took Paxil during the first trimester of pregnancy and whose children were born with birth defects should consider speaking with an attorney about their options. Jeff Lowe, a partner at Carey Danis & Lowe, says serious birth defects have been linked to the use of Paxil during pregnancy.

Attorney Jeff Lowe Speaks about Paxil Birth Defects “The cases that we’re handling are birth defects that occurred primarily for woman who took Paxil during the first trimester,” Lowe says. “The primary birth defects are Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN) and cardiac defects. Those cardiac defects are mainly atrial or septal defects—holes in the heart.”

That does not mean that babies born with other birth defects are excluded from a potential lawsuit. Pregnant women who took any antidepressants from a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs, a class that includes Paxil) or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs, a class that includes Effexor) and whose babies were born with birth defects may want to consider speaking to an attorney about their options.

So far the medical literature has made the strongest link between use of certain antidepressants during the first trimester and an increased risk of PPHN or cardiac defects.

“There were studies looking at SSRIs and the early literature didn’t see a connection [between SSRIs and birth defects],” Lowe says. “Then some studies began finding a connection between Paxil and birth defects such as PPHN and cardiac defects. GlaxoSmithKline [Paxil’s manufacturer] had a database they were keeping that was based on their own studies. In 2006, they published their online database, which demonstrated a higher risk in major malformations for infants exposed to Paxil in the first trimester. Additional independent peer reviewed studies confirmed the link.

“Paxil’s warning was changed in 2005 [to include the risk of birth defects]. There was an FDA warning letter issued on December 8, 2005 and a Dear Doctor letter issued in September 2005.”

The good news for potential plaintiffs is that the statute of limitations is not as much of an issue in Paxil birth defect cases as in other situations, because the person most affected by the Paxil is the child. In all states, according to Lowe, “the statute of limitations doesn’t begin to run for a minor until the minor is either 18 to 21 years old, depending on state law, so there isn’t a statute of limitations issue for most children born with birth defects as a result of their mothers taking Paxil.”