Paxil Birth Defects, PPHN and Infant Death
On September 27, 2005, the FDA issued an alert to healthcare professionals and consumers as GlaxoSmithKline changed their warning label on Paxil (paroxetine) to include the risk of birth defects. These Paxil side effects include Paxil PPHN (Persistant Pulmonary Hypertension in the Newborn). The results of a recent study conducted by the two indicated an increased risk of babies born with Paxil birth defects, specifically cardiovascular defects or congenital malformations, in instances where the mother was taking Paxil during the first trimester of pregnancy.
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Even babies that receive treatment for Paxil PPHN may not recover, and those that do may have long-term breathing problems.
Paxil is used by millions of people worldwide and generates more than $1 billion in annual sales. Paxil has been in the news previously for complaints of severe withdrawal symptoms and risks of Paxil suicidal behavior and increased violence in children and adolescents. Paxil is known as a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI).
The FDA warns physicians to carefully weigh the potential risks and benefits of prescribing or renewing Paxil prescriptions to women during pregnancy or while breast-feeding. It is important that all patients are aware of the side effects, risks, and treatment alternatives.
In December 2011, the FDA announced that there is no clear link between PPHN and the use of SSRIs while pregnant. Although two studies suggested a link between the use of SSRIs while pregnant and the development of PPHN, three studies did not support that finding. The FDA is now advising women who are taking antidepressants while pregnant not to stop.
Paxil Prenatal Exposure RisksPaxil has the potential to influence fetal development, resulting in congenital defects in newborns, and withdrawal symptoms that torment babies for days or weeks after birth.
A study published in the July 2011 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology suggests that Paxil use during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of right ventricular outflow tract defects. Although the increased risk is small, researchers warn that physicians should consider other options when prescribing SSRIs to women who are planning on becoming pregnant.
Meanwhile, a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry (07/11) suggests that use of SSRIs during pregnancy is linked to an increased risk of having a baby born with autism spectrum disorder. Researchers found that the risk doubled when SSRIs were taken during the 12 months prior to delivery and quadrupled when SSRIs were taken during the first trimester.
What is ParoxetinePaxil (paroxetine) is a class of medicines called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It is used to treat:
- Panic disorder
- Social anxiety disorder (SAD)
- Obsessive-coompulsive disorder (OCD)
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
Paxil / Paxil Birth Defect Legal HelpIf you took Paxil during pregnancy, and your baby was born with persistant pulmonary hypertension in the newborn (PPHN), please contact a lawyer by clicking on the link below. Your claim will be evaluated at no cost.
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I have always wondered if the paxil I was taking might of had something to do with his disability. I will always feel terrible about it.
After delivering my daughter, I did not get the opportunity to bond with her in my room. I had to go down to the nursery to see her due to various tests being performed on her. I had almost no sleep after being in labor for 25 hours. I was unable to sleep after delivery due to the anxiety of what was wrong with my daughter. I was then discharged less than 15 hours after delivery in order to follow my daughter to Children's Hospital. My family and I had to drive 2 hours to Children's around 1 am after getting no sleep the night before or that day. My daughter was sent by ambulance ahead of us. Since I was discharge early, I did not get all the teaching I would have received normally at the hospital. It was difficult being a first time mother and not knowing what to expect postpartumly. When I arrived at the hospital, I was too tired to do much bonding with my baby. I felt like I had not bonded at all with my daughter the entire first day. The second day was spent at her bedside and worrying about where my family and I were going to stay that night. My parents had to put money out for a place to stay, food, and gas since I had no money. I was a college student and was put on bed rest 20 weeks into my pregnancy. My parents also lost time from work to be there for support. I went through alot of emotional hardship trying to deal with this situation. I went into depression and had thoughts of suicide. I felt like I lost all control over the situation and my daughter's. My future husband and I went through a very rough time due to this situation. We started arguing quite a bit due to the stress. We both felt all this extra burden and weight as new parents. This situation added to that. All of this happened the first week and was repeated the third week. The week in between was full of stress beyond the normal new parent stress. I took almost an hour to feed her 1-2 oz of formula every 3-4 hours. She has to be undressed to keep her awake to feed since it took so much energy for her. She was very fussy. She would also turn blue which would scare me to death. I was only gettin 2-3 hours a sleep a night. The second stay was very scary since my daughter was in a life threatening situation. The following months involved doctors appointments a more worrying. I had to jiggle my schedule for 2 hour appointments at the cardiologist. By this time I was back in school and at work. I had to ask off work in order to make a couple of the appointments. It also ment extra gas. The first few months were very emotional for me. I contantly was checking on her to make sure she was all right. I never new when things were going to change.