Paxil, or Paroxetine, is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) found to cause cardiac defects in babies. Studies have shown Paxil doubles a child’s chance of being born with a cardiac birth defect.   Studies have also known Paxil increases the chances of premature birth.

According to research, women taking Paxil during their first trimester were one and a half to two times more likely to have a baby born with a heart defect than women who were taking some other form of antidepressant medication or not taking any antidepressant.  It was further found that women who took Paxil in or after their second trimester were six times more likely to have a baby with a rare birth defect known as persistent pulmonary hypertension, or PPHN.  PPHN can be fatal.

Possible complications of Paxil for pregnant women and their babies:

·         Cardiac defects, such as persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) or septal heart defects

·         Miscarriage

·         Premature birth

·         Spina bifida

·     Omphalocele – a birth defect in which the infant’s intestine or other abdominal organs stick out of the navel

·         Delayed development

How to prevent injury from Paxil and Paroxetine:

If you or someone you know is pregnant, be sure to have open communication with your doctor regarding your pregnancy or your plan to become pregnant and consider changing your medication from Paxil to another antidepressant. Paxil is a Category D drug and the FDA suggests healthcare providers not prescribe Paxil at least within the first three months of pregnancy or if planning pregnancy unless other treatment options are not available.

How to obtain compensation if you have taken Paxil and your child is born with a heart defect:

If you or a loved one has had a child born with a serious birth defect after using Paxil during her pregnancy and suspect Paxil may have been the cause, please contact the Shelton Law Group toll free at 1-888-761-7204 or (502) 409-6460, or visit us at for a free consultation and evaluation of your claim.  We take your case personally.