Paxil Side Effects Lawsuits

Paxil was introduced in the US in 1992 and has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder and social anxiety disorder. Since Paxil has been on the market its sales have soared and many people taking the drug have experienced adverse side effects, that they say were not disclosed in advance. Lawyers are pursuing legal claims against the manufacturer of Paxil because Glaxo SmithKline, the drug maker, allegedly failed to warn of the drug's addictive and dangerous side effects.

Lawyers claim that Glaxo SmithKline provides an inaccurate warning label on Paxil regarding the drug's addictive and dangerous qualities. The warnings does not alert physicians or patients about the addiction problem or the serious and prolonged withdrawal paxil can cause when the dosage is reduced or stopped. Paxil is also believed to cause manic stimulation in a certain patients, which can lead to suicide and other forms of violence.

A Wyoming jury awarded $6.4 million to the family of a Paxil patient who murdered his wife, daughter and granddaughter and then committed suicide in what the family argued was an adverse reaction to the drug. The jury concluded that Paxil caused him to commit suicide and homicide and that the drug was in fact the leading cause of the deaths.

Withdrawal Dangers

Paxil patients who attempt to to reduce or quit dosage weeks, months or years after use, say they find themselves experiencing severe withdrawal. Since many of the patients were ignorant of the withdrawal hazard they often attribute the symptoms seemingly mysterious illnesses. Many refer to "Electric zaps" and other adverse physical and psychological symptoms.

Side Effects of Withdrawal reported

Electric zaps, jolting, dizziness, light-headedness, vertigo, in-coordination, gait disturbances, sweating, extreme nausea, vomiting, high fever, abdominal discomfort, flu symptoms, anorexia, diarrhea, agitation, tremulousness, irritability, aggression, sleep disturbances, nightmares, tremor, confusion, memory and concentration difficulties, lethargy, malaise, weakness, fatigue, paraesthesias, ataxia, and/or myalgia.

Legal action against the drug's manufacturer, Glaxo SmithKline is pending. The recent lawsuits raise questions when (if ever) Glaxo was aware of the dangerous side effects and withdrawal problems associated with Paxil. Additionally the heavy marketing campaign associated with Paxil may have resulted in over prescription of the drug and led many people to use it and physicians to prescribe it without understanding its dangers.

In general, the types of damages sought against Glaxo may include general and compensatory damages for: past and future physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment; past and future medical, incidental and hospital expenses; and past and future loss of earnings and earning capacity.

What Should You Do?

You should first report your withdrawal reactions to the doctor who prescribed you this drug and discuss any medical issues with them.

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