As Paxil has become a popular medicine used across the country, its side effects have become well documented. It has been alleged that Paxil and related drugs have caused severe problems, including suicidal thoughts. There is also evidence that the prescription may be linked to Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in the Newborn, a potentially life threatening disease.
Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension can cause very high blood pressure in the lungs, not allowing the blood to become properly oxygenated. This disorder is commonly caused by persistent patent ductus arteriosus, or persistent PDA. This causes the ductus arteriosus blood vessel from closing, causing strain on the heart and lungs and PPHN.
Enter the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors
Paxil and other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor drugs, or SSRI, have been linked to the disorder. According to the FDA, Paxil (or Paroxetine) found that when expecting mothers used the drug after the 20th week of pregnancy were six times more likely to deliver children that suffered from PPHD. One major study found at least 14 children born with the condition that had a mother taking an SSRI.
Many Popular Drugs That Are Similar to Paxil
Drugs related to the issues described above go beyond just Paxil. According to the FDA list, these include:
- Celexa (citalopram)
- Lexapro (escitalopram)
- Paxil (paroxetine)
- Prozac (fluoxetine)
- Symbyax (olanzepine/fluoxetine)
- Zoloft (sertraline)
Seeking Legal Justice – Getting a Paxil Lawsuit Attorney
If your child suffered from this debilitating disease and you or your partner took an SSRI during pregnancy, it is vital that you seek justice. Now that the effects of these drugs on the newborn is exposed, many parents can finally take action to protect future parents and help recover medical and emotional costs caused by PPHN in their child. Contact Ehline Law for a free consultation today. Our skilled team of medical malpractice and product liability attorneys stand ready to assist, as we have with hundreds of similar cases.