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Paxil (Paroxetine) was approved in the United States in December 1992 for the treatment of depression. It is a class of medicines called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). Other SSRIs include Prozac and Zoloft. These drugs increase the activity of an important brain chemical called serotonin, which is known to be deficient in patients with manic-depressive disorder (MDD).
Paxil is manufactured by drug giant GlaxoSmithKline. Central nervous system drugs like Paxil are GlaxoSmithKline's biggest product group. As the ninth best selling drug in the country, Paxil has been approved for marketing in the U.S. to treat depression, panic disorder, MDD, social phobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
It is estimated that almost 17 million people worldwide have been treated with this antidepressant. Paxil has raised concerns recently because, although it has proven effective at treating obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, and anxiety disorders, it has also been associated with severe withdrawal symptoms in some patients who stop taking the drug. A recent study shows that Paxil can cause suicide and violence in children and teenagers.
Symptoms reported to the FDA have included:
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to taking Paxil, the attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers can help you receive compensation for your damages. We have the vast resources of a large national law firm, and we have the skills and experience needed to battle the high powered legal teams of large pharmaceutical companies. Our lawyers can review the facts of your case to determine whether you have a valid defective drug claim.
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