Paxil: The Depressing Antidepressant?

  • What is Paxil?Paxil, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, is one of several selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) on the market. Paxil is prescribed for depression, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety disorder. The idea behind Paxil is that it increases levels of serotonin in the spaces between brain cells thereby allowing more efficient transmission of electrical signals to the brain, which result in a patient’s increased sense of mental happiness.
  • What are the dangers of Paxil?Several studies have found that SSRI drugs have serious side effects, but that Paxil has a greater risk of side effects than other SSRIs. Paxil has been the subject of FDA warnings on suicide in children and adolescents and for the danger of birth defects. A recent study has even attributed a new form of birth defect to Paxil.The list of side effects that have been found to be associated with Paxil are incredibly numerous. Some of the most common are: restlessness, irregular heartbeat, sweating, depression, anxiety, muscle pain, irritability, irregular orgasm, aggression, and suicidal attempts. It has also been discovered that Paxil and other SSRIs can cause a condition called akathisia (severe inner restlessness) that in turn is associated with suicidal tendencies, as evidenced by its inclusion into American Psychiatric Association’s bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM IV.

  • Legal IssuesGlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been sued not only by individuals seeking personal injury claims, but also by the state of New York, which alleged that the company concertedly hid studies that reflect badly on the drug and furthermore has accused Glaxo officials of misrepresenting data. New York’s attorney general Eliot Spitzer has taken the case to the New York Supreme Court.The liability resulting from lawsuits brought by the families of the men and women who have suffered deadly side effects from Paxil has reached the tens of millions of dollars.

  • Your RightsIf you believe you’ve suffered any of the aforementioned harmful side effects due to Paxil, you may be entitled to damages. To determine your rights, you should contact a personal injury attorney specializing in Paxil related cases. You can search the LawGuru Attorney Directory for a personal injury lawyer in your area. Or, if you have additional questions about Paxil and your situation, you can ask a free question of the LawGuru Attorney Network in our Knowledge Base.
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