Paxil Lawsuits

Babies born to mothers who have taken antidepressants, including Paxil, are reported to have serious problems at birth including seizures. Paxil use has also been linked to an increased risk of a rare heart defect, as well as autism. Thousands of families are dealing with heartbreaking situations like these and are joining together to hold GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturer of the drug, responsible.

McIntyre Law is a compassionate and capable law firm that’s on your side. We believe communication with you helps us achieve the best outcomes for your case. That’s why we spend time getting to know you and your specific needs. At McIntyre Law, you’re part of the team, which is why we operate on a contingency fee basis. We don’t get paid until you do.

Ready to talk about your possible Paxil lawsuit? Call (877) 917-5250

Is there currently a class-action Paxil lawsuit?

There aren’t any active Paxil cases in U.S. courts, but McIntyre Law is still leading the fight for justice. We believe that Paxil’s manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline may not have adequately informed parents like yourselves about the risk of serious birth defects. Parents shouldn’t be kept in the dark.

If a new class-action Paxil lawsuit started, anyone in the U.S. who suffered from the effects of Paxil would be eligible to join. At McIntyre Law, our clients come from all over the country. They appreciate that even though we aren’t nearby, we treat them as if they were right around the corner. Our founder, Noble McIntyre, is just a phone call away.

What to Know Before you File a Lawsuit

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If your child suffers from a heart defect, autism, or another condition that may have been caused by Paxil, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit.

If you file a lawsuit, you’ll need to get all of the medical or government records related to the case. You’ll also need to file specific legal documents with the court.

Getting medical records isn’t always easy. The legal requirements for storing them vary from state to state—meaning that your records could soon be destroyed. Court filings like petitions and summonses must be submitted according to the court’s guidelines. These are challenging tasks best accomplished by an experienced legal team.

A big company like GlaxoSmithKline will have experienced lawyers on their side. You should have your own talented and strategic legal team. Hiring McIntyre’s experienced Paxil lawyers will level the playing field as you and your child face off against Big Pharma.

What is a contingency fee?

When a lawyer works on a “contingency fee” basis, they’re agreeing to accept a fixed percentage of any monetary rewards from your lawsuit to cover their legal fees. If there are no rewards from your Paxil case, you don’t pay the lawyer.

We get paid if, and only if, you do.

The Statute of Limitations for Paxil Lawsuits

You have a limited time to file your Paxil lawsuit. The specific statute of limitations depends on the state where you live. But the most important thing to know is that if you think you have a case, you should contact us right away.

It could be debatable when the “clock” started on your statute of limitations. For Paxil lawsuits, the deadline depends on when you knew or should have known about the Paxil birth defects. Conditions like autism may not become evident for years after birth. Still, you may need to file your suit very soon to be eligible for compensation.

Contact our Paxil attorneys. We’ll help you get the compensation you and your child deserve.

What compensation can I get from a Paxil lawsuit?

If your child is suffering from birth defects caused by Paxil, your family deserves compensation. Courts don’t just reimburse medical expenses—they recognize the other costs that can result from dealing with birth defects. Compensation types include:

  • Medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional damage

Working with McIntyre Law

So many families have been affected by Paxil side effects. They are suffering and may not know where to turn. We’re here to help families get the compensation they deserve.

Do you have a case for a Paxil lawsuit?

If your child has suffered complications after birth, especially autism, and the mother has taken Paxil while pregnant, you may be eligible for a Paxil lawsuit. If that’s the case, call McIntyre Law today for a free consultation. Our experts will guide you every step of the way through the legal process in getting any compensation you are entitled to.

Meet our Paxil Attorneys

Our experienced Paxil lawyers will work with you to get fair compensation for you and your child.

Noble McIntyre
Noble McIntyre
Senior Partner
Abby Herren
Abby Herren

What is Paxil?

Paxil is a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), which is usually prescribed as an antidepressant. It is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. SSRIs help the body maintain levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is thought to regulate emotion and mood. The drug, known to scientists as paroxetine, is also marketed as Aropax, Seroxat and Sereupin. Paxil was approved in 2001 for treatment of generalized anxiety disorder, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.


Who manufactures Paxil?

GlaxoSmithKline manufactures Paxil, and has paid out several settlements related to the drug. The company admitted to fraudulent marketing of Paxil and other drugs, paying $3 billion in a worldwide settlement. GlaxoSmithKline has fought in court against paying settlements to families who have suffered because of Paxil.

Are there other drugs like Paxil?

Paxil is one of a class of drugs used to treat depression called SSRIs. If your child suffered a developmental delay or birth defect as a result of any drugs you took to treat depression while pregnant, you may still have a claim if you took one of these SSRIs:

Lexapro Pills


Lexapro (escitalopram) treats depression and generalized anxiety disorder. Manufactured by Allergan.

Paxil Pills


Prozac (fluoxetine) is prescribed to patients suffering from depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, some eating disorders, or panic attacks. Manufactured by Eli Lilly and Company.

Celexa Pills


Celexa (citalopram) is used to treat depression. Manufactured by Allergan.

Zoloft Pills


Zoloft (sertraline) is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, or social anxiety disorder. Manufactured by Pfizer.

Paxil Side Effects and Birth Defects

Some Paxil side effects are usually found before or soon after birth, like heart defects. Others, like autism, may not be apparent until years later.
Reported birth defects in children and injuries to pregnant women from taking Paxil during pregnancy included:

  • Autism
  • Skeletal defects
  • Spina bifida
  • Scoliosis
  • Absent areas of the skull
  • Hypertension

Is it safe to take Paxil during pregnancy?

The FDA has said that in some cases, the risks associated with a woman’s going off Paxil can outweigh the risks to the baby. If you become pregnant while taking Paxil, talk to your doctor before making any changes to your medication. The doctor can help you evaluate your risks based on your specific situation.

But, if you’re pregnant or trying to conceive, what are your options? Although Paxil can have negative effects both for pregnancy and conception, so can anxiety. Some doctors would argue that intense anxiety can affect your chances of conception and contribute to the incidence of miscarriage. For most people, quitting “cold turkey” doesn’t work and is not advisable.

If you are taking Paxil and are considering becoming pregnant or are already pregnant, consult with your physician to determine the best way to wean off the medication. But, if you suffer from depression, it’s essential that you continue some treatment, even while pregnant.

If you don’t, you might not have the energy to take good care of yourself or your baby, or you could fall into old habits that would be detrimental to your baby’s health. The FDA has indicated that tricyclic antidepressants like Pamelor, as well as some SSRIs (like Celexa, Prozac and Zoloft) and Wellbutrin (which is also used for smoking cessation) can be safe during pregnancy.

If you’re suffering from depression and are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, talk to your doctor about the risks, benefits and alternatives to Paxil or any other drug you might be taking.

Paxil Recalls

Despite evidence of links between Paxil and fetal heart defects, neither GlaxoSmithKline nor the FDA has recalled the drug.

Paxil and the FDA

The FDA approved Paxil and is responsible for labeling and monitoring the drug.

Paxil Timeline

April 2001

FDA approves Paxil for treatment of generalized anxiety disorder.

October 2009

A Philadelphia jury returns a $2.5 million verdict against GlaxoSmithKline, finding the company responsible for the rare heart defect of the child of a woman who took Paxil during pregnancy.


GlaxoSmithKline LLC pays $3 billion to settle claims that they fraudulently marketed Paxil and other drugs.


Study finds link between Paxil use by pregnant women and fetal heart defects.

April 2016

Consolidated Paxil litigation paused by Philadelphia County judge.

April 2017

Chicago jury awards $3 million to the widow of a Paxil patient who committed suicide. They found GlaxoSmithKline liable for not adequately warning about the increased risk of suicide for people taking Paxil.

How did Paxil get approved by the FDA?

Prozac was the first SSRI approved by the FDA in 1987. Paxil was approved in 2001. The FDA places Paxil under category D for use by pregnant women during all trimesters. That means that there is evidence of a risk to human fetuses, but that the benefits of Paxil may warrant use of the drug by pregnant women despite those risks.