Paxil (paroxetine) is one of the most widely prescribed psychiatric drugs, but at least 5,000 people in the U.S. have filed lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline since Paxil became available.

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Paxil is used to treat a host of psychiatric disorders, including depression, panic, anxiety, OCD and PTSD.  It is also prescribed for PMDD premenstrual disorder, chronic headaches and diabetic neuropathy.  Serious side effects, however, have led to class-action lawsuits, resulting in the payout of billions of dollars to resolve litigation related to birth defects, withdrawal and suicides. Also, in 2012, GlaxoSmithKline paid more than $3 billion to settle a Department of Justice investigation into the marketing of Paxil and other drugs. One of the most serious birth defects linked to Paxil and other SSRIs is persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), a rare problem that affects a newborn’s heart and lungs. 

In severe cases, PPHN can result in multiple organ damage, including brain damage, and even death.

If you are taking one of these drugs and are concerned about possible side effects, please consult with your doctor about the potential risks. If you, or a family member, have taken prescription drugs and suffered any serious side effects, it is important to find legal representation with a history of standing up to pharmaceutical companies. Contact the attorneys at Pogust Braslow & Millrood.