Birth Defects

Recent studies show a link between the use of antidepressants during pregnancy and birth defects. According to an FDA MedWatch Alert, the study shows an increased risk of overall major congenital malformations for paroxetine in particular, as compared to other antidepressants. Paroxetine is the ingredient in Paxil, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.

Birth defect risks are greatest for women who use Paxil in the first trimester, with heart defects the most frequently occuring.

Related studies show a number of other birth defects resulting from the use of antidepressants; however, it appears that paroxetine poses the greatest risk.

Birth defect is a commonly used term for congenital malformation, which is defined as a physical anomoly that is recognizable at birth and significant enough to be considered a problem.

Most of the cardiac defects observed in the Paxil studies were atrial or ventricular septal defects, conditions in which the wall between the right and left sides of the heart does not completely develop.

Pulmonary hypertension is defined as an increase in blood pressure in the pulmonary artery, pulmonary vein or pulmonary capilaries. Symptoms include shortness of breath, diziness and fainting. In infants, a failure in the systemic circulation and pulmonary circulation can be related to pulmonary hypertension, and is called persistent fetal circulation or persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN).

An omphalocele is a birth defect in which an infant’s intestine or other abdominal organs stick out of the navel (belly button). This is a type of hernia.

Craniosynostosis is a birth defect of the brain characterized by the premature closure of one or more of the fibrous joints between the bones of the skull before brain growth is complete. As a result, the skull cannot expand to accommodate the growing brain, which can cause increased pressure in the skull and impaired brain development.


Do you have a Paxil claim?

If you or a loved one has a child born with paxil birth defects, you may have a claim against the drug manufacturer.

Please contact our Paxil attorneys today by filling out the brief questionnaire, or by calling our toll free number (1-800-898-2034) for a free, no-cost no-obligation evaluation of your case.