Paxil lawsuits seek compensation for those who have been injured as a result of taking the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) anti-depressant medication known as Paxil (generically paroxetine). Paxil was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1992, and is effective at treating a number of conditions, including depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, anxiety disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Despite its FDA-approved uses, however, Paxil is known to cause a range of serious, irreversible side effects, which, in the worst cases, can be life threatening. Those who have taken Paxil and believe that they have sustained serious side effects associated with this drug can learn more about their legal rights by attending a complimentary initial consult with an experienced defective drug attorney.
Reasons to File a Paxil Lawsuit
Severe side effects that have been reported with Paxil use (and that have served as the basis for thousands of Paxil lawsuits in the U.S.) may include:
- Birth defects (including heart valve problems, extreme breathing difficulties, and abdominal abnormalities. Women who are pregnant or trying to conceive should not take Paxil due to the risk of such serious birth defects.)
- Mania or hypomania
- Serotonin syndrome (an excess concentration of serotonin in the central nervous system that speeds up heart rate and causes twitching, hypertension, and hyperthermia.)
- Suicidal thoughts and/or behaviors
- Withdrawal symptoms (which may include intense headaches, nausea, anxiety, vertigo, and insomnia.)
GSK’s False Advertising Fuels Increase in Paxil Lawsuits
Along with the above-mentioned side effects, a major reason that many patients are filing Paxil lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is that the company falsely advertised that Paxil was “not habit forming” while also failing to fully alert the public of the range of serious risks associated with the drug.
In fact, while GSK had been representing Paxil as non-addictive for about a decade, recent findings have highlighted the fact that GSK purposefully held back research that indicated the severity and range of severe side effects associated with Paxil.
Such grave misrepresentations have caused thousands of Americans to be injured, and these injured parties may be legally entitled to a settlement to compensate them for their medical bills, permanent disabilities, lost wages/inability to work, pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one used Paxil and suffered from any side effect including birth defects, mania, hypomania, serotonin syndrome, or suicidal thoughts you should contact a Paxil attorney at our firm immediately for a free and confidential case review. You may be entitled to compensation and we can help.