Paxil Has Been Linked to Serious Birth Defects

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Paxil and its genetic form, paroxetine, is a prescription medication formulated to treat major depression and other psychological disorders including:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Social anxiety
  • Panic disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
  • Chronic headaches


Manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, Paxil is classified as a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI), an anti-depressant which controls the serotonin levels in the brain. It was approved by the FDA in 1992.

The prolonged use of Paxil during pregnancy has been linked to birth defects. There have been many lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline for negligence in failure to warn consumers of the possibility of birth defects if the drug is taken in pregnancy.

At the law firm of Bailey & Greer, PLLC, we know how troubling it can be to devastating to discover that your child’s birth defects were caused by a medication that you took to keep you healthy. That is why we fight so hard on behalf of our clients in Memphis, Jackson and West Tennessee – and why we want to fight for you, too.

What are some common side effects from taking Paxil?

Some of the possible side-effects associated with the use of Paxil can fall into the range of mild symptoms, such as a runny nose or heartburn. The symptoms are annoying, yes, but not life threatening. But for many people the side effects of Paxil (or SSRIs like it) can be far more serious. Some patients experience an increase feeling or depression, and other have developed suicidal feelings – the very antithesis of what an anti-depressant should do.

For women who are pregnant, however, the major risks are to the unborn child. Paxil can lead to serious and permanent birth defects, including:

  • Undeveloped heart
  • Intestinal development problems
  • Club foot
  • Spina bifida
  • Cognitive difficulties, such as language problems
  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension
  • Lower Apgar scores
  • ADHD

One of the reasons Paxil and other SSRIs create a problem in pregnancy is that serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is critical to the development of a human being in utero. Paxil alters the levels of serotonin in the brain of the mother, and it also crosses the placental barrier causing problems with the developing baby. GlaxoSmithKline’s failure to warn expecting mothers that their unborn children might be affected because of the change in serotonin levels, and their failure to warn doctors of the same problem, is at the heart of many Paxil birth defect lawsuits.

At Bailey & Greer, we understand that no amount of money is going to make up for the lies that GlaxoSmithKline told, and the pain and suffering you and your child have endured as a result. But we also know that the compensation you may obtain from a lawsuit can help you protect your child’s future, and can give you the peace of mind you deserve. Our dedicated personal injury lawyers explain all of your options to you. Let us help you shoulder this burden.

Helping birth injury victims throughout Tennessee secure a better future

At the Memphis-based law firm of Bailey & Greer, PLLC, we listen to our clients’ needs – and we will listen to you, too. Our goal is to secure the futures of children throughout Jackson and west Tennessee born with birth injuries because of an act of negligence. If or your partner took Paxil or another SSRI, and your child was born with a birth injury, please call 901.475.7434 or fill out our contact form.

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Jackson, TN 38305
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