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Paxil (Paroxetine Hydrochloride) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) manufactured by the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline. Health care professionals prescribe SSRIs, including Paxil, to treat numerous conditions because it boosts serotonin levels in the brain. However, the drug has also been prescribed for various “off label” uses that have not been approved by the FDA. Both “on label” and “off label” uses have created serious life-threatening conditions were victims of filed lawsuits against the manufacturer.

Studies indicate that anxiety and depressive symptoms might improve after using paroxetine for one week. However, it usually requires six weeks to realize full therapeutic effects of the drug. Patients taking Paxil often see an improvement of core generalized anxiety disorder symptoms after eight weeks of use. The reduction of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms usually require up to 12 weeks.

Medication Use

The pharmaceutical manufacturer first brought Paxil to the medical marketplace in December 1992 after FDA approval. However, the generic form paroxetine was initially developed and synthesized decades earlier to be used as an antidepressant.

Today, doctors prescribe Paxil to patients as a way to treat conditions including:

  • Depression
  • Panic disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder)
  • PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PDD)
  • Vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes related to menopause)
  • Anxiety (generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Various mental issues
  • Fibromyalgia (off label)
  • Kleptomania (off label)
  • Bipolar disorder (off label)
  • Chronic headache (off label)
  • Diabetic neuropathy / tingling in the feet, hands and limbs (off label)
  • Sexual dysfunction (off label)

Even though Paxil is an accepted and approved medication and widely prescribed by doctors, the drug poses specific dangers and significant side effects by many of its users.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Many doctors believe that paroxetine is advantageous for treating insomnia, anxiety and depression. With its long-term tolerability and efficacy, Paxil offers broad therapeutic solutions for patients suffering strong anxiety. Paroxetine hydrochloride is the only SSRI indicated to treat the five major anxiety disorders along with depressive disorders.

However, the drug also has disadvantages including the highest severity and incident rate of SSRI withdrawals and the increased risk of weight gain. In addition, the drug is known to increase sedation and drowsiness, and might impair cognition. In the past few years, the FDA has reclassified paroxetine medications, including Paxil, as Pregnancy Category D. This means the prescription medication demonstrates an increased potential of newborn congenital heart defects.

Hiring an Attorney

The Doan Law Firm handles defective drug and medical malpractice cases. Our prescription medication lawyers can explain your options, protect your rights and assist you in filing a claim for recompense. It is important to discuss your case with our qualified defective drug law firm as quickly as possible before the statute of limitations expires.

Our reputable and experienced team of attorneys can provide you aggressive and intelligent legal representation to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

We invite you to call us at (800) 349-0000 for a free, no obligation initial consultation to discuss your case. Our drug recall attorneys will review the evidence and facts concerning your case to help you determine the worth of your defective medication claim. Our legal team has extensive resources and years of battling major pharmaceutical companies and their attorneys.

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