Paxil is the brand name of a drug called Paroxetine Hydrochloride. Manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, Paxil is part of a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which are designed to boost the levels of serotonin in the brain. Paxil and other SSRIs are typically prescribed by mental health professionals for depression, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, obsessive compulsive disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder and other mental health issues. Paxil is also prescribed for some "off-label" uses (i.e. uses the FDA has not approved it for) including the treatment of chronic headaches, diabetes-induced tingling in the limbs and sexual dysfunction.
Although Paxil is a widely used medication, there are some significant dangers and side effects associated with the drug. Because drug companies failed to adequately warn about these side effects and because people were unexpectedly harmed as a result of taking Paxil, numerous lawsuits have been filed. If you or a loved one was taking Paxil and experienced one of the many potential adverse consequences associated with the drug, it is very important that you contact an experienced personal injury lawyer for assistance with bringing a defective drug case. A Massachusetts personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, LLC can provide you with comprehensive legal advice and assistance in making a Paxil claim. Contact us today at (617) 367-2900 or using our online form.Paxil Lawsuits in Massachusetts
Product liability laws are clear on the fact that manufacturers may be held liable for defective products- including defective drugs- even if there is not any negligence on the part of the manufacturer. This means that if Paxil is a dangerous drug because it causes unexpected, serious and/or surprising side effects, GlaxoSmithKline can be responsible for the consequences of the problems caused by the drug. In order to hold GlaxoSmithKline responsible, however, it is necessary to show a causal link between the use of Paxil and some type of injury, illness or other medical problem.
Some of the possible examples of side effects that are associated with Paxil and that have given rise to lawsuits in recent years include:
- Lawsuits based on the link between Paxil and congenital heart problems. Babies whose mothers took Paxil during their pregnancies were born with various problems including ventricular and atrial septal defects. The FDA warned of this link between Paxil and birth defects back in December of 2005.
- Lawsuits based on patients committing suicide while taking Paxil. Allegations made in lawsuits suggest a possible link between Paxil and suicide and plaintiffs suggest that Paxil failed to warn that taking the medication could increase suicidal thoughts and behavior. The FDA issued a warning in 2007 about the link between antidepressants and suicidal thoughts in young people.
- Lawsuits based on severe withdrawal symptoms that patients were not warned about before beginning a course of Paxil treatment.
Patients experiencing these and other Paxil side effects have brought many lawsuits to hold GlaxoKlineSmith responsible for the harm victims endured because of taking the anti-depressant medication. If you or a loved one has taken Paxil and suffered illness or injury as a result, you may be entitled to compensation. You may obtain this compensation through joining a class action or by filing your own lawsuit, and your Boston personal injury attorney can help you to determine what option is best for you.
To learn more about how a Boston personal injury lawyer can help you if you are suffering from Paxil side effects, contact The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, LLC today at (617) 367-2900 or using our online form.