Paxil birth defects (part 2)

February 16, 2011 @ 11:53 AM -- by

As a Corpus Christi and Texas Paxil birth defects attorney, I am following the various problems with this medication. In addition to heart problems, there are other issues which are found in babies whose mothers used Paxil. These may include tremors, low blood sugar, breathing problems, seizures, and irritability.

In the usual case, these problems happen most likely in the first trimester. However, In July of 2006, the Food & Drug Administration warned that there was a risk of PPHN in babies when Paxil was taken after the 20th week of pregnancy. This warning occurred after a study was published earlier in the year by the New England Journal of Medicine.

Babies who have PPHN often become very sick. This is caused by abnormal and unusual blood flow in the heart and lungs. Because of this inhibited blood flow, oxygen cannot get to the vital organs. This can cause multiple organ failure and death.

Unfortunately, even quick treatment will not always produce a positive outcome. Some of the babies will still have problems receiving an adequate supply of oxygen to their bodies. Those babies who do survive may often face lifelong disability.

Paxil, released in 1992, was the third SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) to get to the United States market for the treatment of depression and various other psychiatric problems. Paxil has had many labeling changes since its release. The most recent was to note the risk of birth defects, as well as to mention the risk of suicidal behavior in both adults and children.

Because of the risk of Paxil birth defects, the Food & Drug Administration has urged DA urged the drug’s maker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to change the pregnancy category on Paxil from C to D. This would show that studies in pregnant women have shown risks to the baby.

Contact Corpus Christi pharmaceutical and dangerous drug attorney Scott Nelson if you need help with Paxil birth defect problems.