Paxil Birth Defects Liability


The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study which linked antidepressant use during the first trimester of pregnancy to birth defects. Since antidepressants are prescribed more than any other drug in America this is a huge cause for concern. The study specifically advised that Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac and Celexa should be avoided when pregnant.

All of these drugs are known as “SSRIs” or Selective Serotonin-Reuptake Inhibitors. SSRI’s have been linked to heart defects, omphalocele, congenital problems, and intestinal defects.


Women who took Paxil while pregnant and delivered children with birth defects need to talk immediately to a lawyer. Paxil and other SSRI antidepressants have been linked to an increased risk of birth defects, ranging from skull defects to life-threatening cardiac problems in newborns.

Because the manufacturers of Paxil and other SSRIs may have failed to warn consumers, doctors, nurses, government agencies, and health-care professionals, about the possible risk of Paxil Birth Defects, women who took these drugs might be able to seek legal recourse. At Sheff Law, we know that victims of Paxil Birth Defects might be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages. However, in Massachusetts, as in all states, parents and loved ones only have a limited amount of time to bring these lawsuits. Please contact a lawyer at Sheff Law if a loved one has suffered a birth injury as a result of Paxil during pregnancy.


The following conditions have been linked to the use of Paxil:

  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Transposition of the great arteries (TGA)
  • Tetralogy of fallot (TOF)
  • Atrial septal defects
  • Ventricular septal defects
  • Hole in the heart

If you or a loved one took Paxil or another SSRI during pregnancy and delivered a child with birth defects, you may be entitled to legal recourse. Fill out our free consultation form or call an attorney at Sheff Law today.