The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) family of antidepressants can treat a number of mental health conditions, but Paxil® and other SSRIs have been linked to a number of health problems.

Infant heart defects were the first Paxil® drug injuries discovered. The drug can cause holes in the walls of the chambers of the heart requiring surgery to repair.

A short time later, children being born with a condition known as anencephaly was linked to mothers who had taken Paxil while pregnant. Children born before the top of the skull and brain has completed growing characterize the condition.

While warning labels were later updated to make users aware of these risks, taking Paxil can still be dangerous. Earlier this month, FiercePharma Manufacturing reported drug maker, GlaxoSmithKline, was recalling certain lots of Paxil after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning letter to the company regarding contamination of the medication. The FDA alleges the company failed to warn consumers about potential contamination of the product with a chemical from a waste storage tank.

The Drug injury attorneys with Ferrer Poirot Feller Daniel recognize the risks associated with the use of Paxil and encourage anyone who has been harmed as the result of using this drug to discuss their legal options with an attorney immediately.