Paxil Linked to Suicide, Birth Defects
Manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, Paxil is an antidepressant used to treat depression and several anxiety disorders. Paxil works by correcting the brain’s chemical imbalance of serotonin. Unfortunately, young people taking the drug have developed suicidal tendencies and mothers taking the drug have seen birth defects in their newborns.
In Dec. 2006, the FDA announced that Paxil and other antidepressants are dangerous when prescribed to minors and young adults. Paxil received a label change to include a warning of suicidal thoughts in 18 to 24 year old patients. The previous warning only indicated that children under 18 were likely to develop suicidal tendencies on the drug.
In addition to causing suicidal thoughts in young people, Paxil has also been linked to birth defects. Research shows pregnant women taking Paxil during their first trimester have up to twice the risk of delivering a child with heart defects. Most commonly, the babies were born with holes between the two main chambers.
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