Birth Defect Chances with Paxil®

Paxil® (a trade marked name for paroxetine hydrochloride) is often used for the treatment of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and certain other conditions within the brain and it used to be quite commonly prescribed. Recent studies have lead to a huge drop in the consumption of Paxil®. The common health issues are the problems pregnant women face.

Pregnant women bear the brunt of an Paxil® intake they have during the first three months of pregnancy. The more common problems include:
•    Birth defect chances drastically increase
•    Babies born with heart malformations
•    Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in babies

Studies of the Paxil® drug have been showing that the chances for birth defects increase by almost two and a half times for pregnant women consuming Paxil® during the trimester.

Paxil® medication has shown its effects on the hearts of newborn children through malformations. The most common of these birth problems tend to usually be holes and other issues within the chambers of the heart. Many of the problems do heal over a period of time, but some serious cases require extensive surgery which ends up being quite expensive most of the time. Holes in the heart are not entirely uncommon amongst newborn babies but mothers having used Paxil® during the three months of pregnancy have a much higher chance of giving birth to babies with such problems. A problem like this is easily detected and a doctor can suggest a course of action.

PPHN (Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension) is also a common problem amongst babies who were born of mothers who took Paxil® on a regular basis during the first trimester. It is a very rare but a life threatening birth defect which can lead of multiple organ failures and even death in a lot of cases if it is left untreated. This is an extremely serious disease and treatment for persistent pulmonary hypertension syndrome is quite expensive. If you have taken Paxil® and you baby has problems because of such a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor like Paxil® you should consider filing a lawsuit to recover the costs and the trouble you probably have had to face because of this drug. Lung disorders are rare and only about two in a thousand of the affected will actually suffer from PPHN, but if they do, treatment is a long drawn and a complicated business.

Paxil®, which is a paroxetine hydrochloride drug is not at all suited for pregnant women and tends to affect them more in the first three months of their pregnancy when the baby is just growing. It is advisable to avoid the drug now after the reports have now come in. Chances of the baby either suffering from birth defects grow tremendously. Heart malfunctions such as holes are also known issues. Persistent Pulmonary Disorders are probably the most threatening of all the problems one may face due to this drug and is not easy to cure either.

If your baby’s birth has been affected by a dosage of Paxil® which you may have taken during your pregnancy, we urge you to seek legal counsel. We can provide you with free consultation if you fill in this form below and suggest a course of action.