DC Paxil Lawyer
When you take a medication that’s supposed to help you find hope and to regain happiness, you expect it to do just that. But many people who have been prescribed the drug Paxil found themselves in a worse situation than before beginning the treatment regimen. According to some, this could have been avoided if the manufacturer of the drug had been forthcoming about all of the risks and potential side effects involved with taking Paxil. Now, Paxil faces a number of lawsuits and a host of angry patients. Contact a DC Paxil lawyer today.
GlaxoSmithKline released Paxil (pareoxetine hydrochloride) to the public in 1992. It is one of a class of drugs known as Selective Seratonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). It is said to work by increasing the amount of serotonin in the brain. Because serotonin is associated with feelings of well-being and is thought to be deficient in those who suffer from depression and other similar mental health conditions, Paxil is most often prescribed to those who suffer from such potentially debilitating problems.
But since its release, the maker of Paxil has been met with numerous complaints about very serious side effects. These side effects have ultimately led to many deaths and other frightening consequences:
- Increase in violent behavior
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Birth defects
- Increase in suicidal thoughts
- Worsening of depressive and anxiety symptoms
- Ineffective use in children
Research on SSRIs like Paxil is limited and much of what’s known about the drug has only been gathered as patients have experienced these negative consequences of treatment on the drug. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognized some of these side effects and issued warnings in regards to increased instances of birth defects, increased suicidal thoughts, and the increase in violent behaviors among those who take Paxil. They’ve repeatedly warned physicians to be vigilant in prescribing the drug and informing their patients of the side effects.
As the number of tragic birth defects and suicide attempts while on Paxil have increased, so has the number of legal problems for GlaxoSmithKline. They have faced numerous lawsuits claiming that they were less than forthcoming about the risks and even that they may have suppressed research that would’ve made those risks apparent. This is true among cases involving pregnant women who have given birth to babies with birth defects, parents of young children who had adverse effects from the drugs, and adults who weren’t made aware of the dangers of Paxil before beginning their treatment regimen.
If you or someone you love experienced negative side effects while on Paxil, you could be entitled to legal compensation. Contact a DC Paxil lawyer at (202) 600-9400 today for a free consultation, or learn more about the services our other dangerous drugs attorneys provide.