Paxil Heart Defects

Paxil has been linked to an increased risk of serious and potentially fatal heart defects in children whose mothers took the antidepressant during pregnancy. The Food and Drug Administration has warned that women who take Paxil while pregnant are twice as likely to give birth to a child with birth defects as women who took other antidepressants.

The most commonly observed birth defects among children whose mothers took Paxil during the first trimester of pregnancy were atrial septal defects (ASD) and ventral septal defects (VSD)—holes in the walls that separate the chambers of the heart. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, taking Paxil during the third trimester of pregnancy increases the risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN)—a serious and potentially fatal circulatory condition.

The use of Paxil during pregnancy has been linked to a number of other serious heart defects, including hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), tetralogy of Fallot, patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), cleft mitral valve, cardiomyopathy, bicuspid aortic valve and tricuspid stenosis.

If you or a loved one gave birth to a child with ASD, VSD, PPHN, HLHS or other heart defects after using Paxil or other antidepressants during pregnancy, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP to learn more about your rights. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation on the right of this page.

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