Paxil, known generically as paroxetine hydrochloride, is an antidepressant drug within the class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Paxil is commonly used to treat conditions such as depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder, among others. The drug can pose a serious health risk to people who take the drug, and also affect the development of babies of pregnant women. Anyone who suffered adverse effects after taking Paxil should contact an experienced Paxil attorney as soon as possible to determine whether they have a claim.
Drug manufacturers are required to ensure that their drugs are reasonably safe to use and that consumers are adequately warned about any dangers that their use may present. When drugs cause injury, victims may be able to recover through a defective drug lawsuit. Due to certain evidence that people taking drugs like Paxil may be at an increased risk of suicide, the Federal Food and Drug Administration has required Paxil to carry a black box warning describing the risk. In addition, there may be a link between Paxil use and certain birth defects, such as:
These are just a few of the conditions that Paxil can cause, and it is important for anyone who suspects that they may have been injured by Paxil to consult with an experienced defective drug attorney as soon as possible. A Paxil attorney can help you determine if you may be entitled to compensation, and can also file a lawsuit on your behalf against the party or parties responsible.