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Weighing the Pros and Cons of Paxil

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Paxil April 20, 2012. By Heidi Turner.
Miami, FL It is well known that certain chemicals affect a fetus, which is why pregnant women are discouraged from smoking or drinking. What is less certain, however, is what effect antidepressant use during pregnancy has on the fetus and what the risk of Paxil birth defects or Paxil side effects in the infant is. Paxil lawsuits were filed, and many have reportedly been settled, but the science—and the US Food and Drug Administration's stance on the issue—is more complicated.
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More Possible Paxil Side Effects Come to Light

More Possible Paxil Side Effects Come to Light March 30, 2012. By Heidi Turner.
Dallas, TX For women with depression who are also pregnant, there may be no easy answer to the question of whether or not to risk Paxil side effects by taking the antidepressant while pregnant. Although some studies indicate a risk of Paxil birth defects, including Paxil PPHN (persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn), there is also a risk of having untreated depression while pregnant, and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently revised its stance on antidepressant use during pregnancy.
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Paxil Side Effects the Ultimate Catch 22

Paxil Side Effects the Ultimate Catch 22 January 28, 2012. By Gordon Gibb.
New York, NY Paxil appears to be among those drugs that might qualify under "damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't" status. Paxil side effects are many and varied, serving as a trigger for many a Paxil lawsuit. And yet, in spite of continued warnings by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that link the antidepressant to such adverse reactions as birth defects, proponents continue to sing its praises and the debate continues…
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FDA Issues Information about Reported Paxil Side Effects

FDA Issues Information about Reported Paxil Side Effects December 21, 2011. By Heidi Turner.
Washington, DC The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has once again issued information about Paxil side effects and the side effects of similar antidepressants, although the new information says that studies about antidepressant use during pregnancy are contradictory. Some studies suggest an increased risk of Paxil birth defects and Paxil heart defects when expectant mothers use Paxil and other Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) but others have not found such a link.
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Coming Out from the Shadow of Paxil Birth Defects

Coming Out from the Shadow of Paxil Birth Defects December 13, 2011. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC Anyone sitting on the fence over whether or not to go after GlaxoSmithKline (Glaxo) over Paxil side effects need only contemplate the reported $3 billion that Glaxo has agreed in principal to pay, in order to settle charges of off-label marketing and fraud.
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GlaxoSmithKline to Pay $3 Billion to Settle Paxil, Avandia Investigations

GlaxoSmithKline to Pay $3 Billion to Settle Paxil, Avandia Investigations November 26, 2011. By Heidi Turner.
Washington, DC GlaxoSmithKline, maker of Paxil and Avandia is reportedly set to pay approximately $3 billion to settle investigations into the company's marketing of certain drugs. Among allegations are that the company marketed drugs for unapproved uses and hid the risk of Paxil side effects. GlaxoSmithKline has faced many lawsuits in recent years regarding Paxil side effects, including lawsuits alleging Paxil birth defects.
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Paxil Birth Defects Lawsuits Growing

Paxil Birth Defects Lawsuits Growing October 20, 2011. By Jane Mundy.
Washington, DC Given the facts that one in 10 women will suffer from depression during her pregnancy or the postpartum period, that the antidepressant drug Paxil sales reached $1 billion in 2007, and Paxil has been linked to birth defects, it's no wonder that Paxil birth defects lawsuits are growing.
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Study Suggests Lexapro Side Effects May Include Increased Bleeding

Study Suggests Lexapro Side Effects May Include Increased Bleeding October 5, 2011. By Charles Benson.
Montreal, Quebec A new study found that heart attack patients who take both selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants and antiplatelet drugs could have a higher risk for bleeding, highlighting some of the potential Lexapro side effects, according to HealthDay.
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Weighing the Benefits and Risks of Lexapro Birth Defects

Weighing the Benefits and Risks of Lexapro Birth Defects September 24, 2011. By Jane Mundy.
Las Vegas, NV Since at least 2009, research has shown that all SSRIs—and that includes Lexapro—put developing infants at risk for a wide range of birth defects and serious illnesses after birth. Lexapro is now considered a pregnancy Category C medication, meaning the antidepressant may not be safe to use during pregnancy. Yet it takes some searching on the manufacturer's website to find any Lexapro birth defect warnings.
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Judge Rules Against GlaxoSmithKline in Paxil Birth Defects Lawsuit

Judge Rules Against GlaxoSmithKline in Paxil Birth Defects Lawsuit September 13, 2011. By Heidi Turner.
Vancouver, BC The United States is not the only place where GlaxoSmithKline faces lawsuits alleging Paxil birth defects. A lawsuit has also been filed in Canada, alleging Paxil side effects harmed infants exposed to the antidepressant while in the womb. The judge in the lawsuit has now issued a decision against GlaxoSmithKline, possibly paving the way for other women to join the pending Paxil class action.
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