Paxil is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant medication made by GlaxoSmithKline. The drug has been prescribed since 1992 for anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD and premenstrual disorders.
A Paxil dosage is available in both tablet and liquid form. The tablets are offered in dosages of 10, 20, 30 and 40 milligrams, while the liquid dosage is intended to be taken 10 milligrams at a time.
The average Paxil dosage for an adult is 20 mg per day, however, this can vary depending on your body size, what condition the drug was prescribed for and your individual response to treatment.
Patients should only take their Paxil dosage once per day at around the same time. Doctors often recommend that they do so in the morning. It is also important to take the drug exactly as it was prescribed, not altering the dosage amount or prescription length without instruction from your doctor.
GlaxoSmithKline has cautioned that those taking Paxil should not chew, crush or break the time-release tablet and they should shake the oral solution first before measuring the amount to be taken.
If you miss a scheduled Paxil dosage, then you should take the missed amount as soon as possible. However, if you are approaching the time for your next dose, it is recommended that you skip the missed dose and continue with the next scheduled ingestion. A patient should never try to “catch up” with missed doses.
If you overdose on Paxil, call 911 or emergency medical help immediately. Overdose of the drug can cause vomiting, nausea, seizures, confusion, blurred vision, aggression, sweating, tremor, decreased urination, rapid heartbeat and coma.
Recent studies have linked SSRI drugs like Paxil to an increased risk of serious birth defects like club foot, heart defects, abdominal defects, brain damage, spine defects, lung defects and skull deformities when taken during pregnancy.
If you took Paxil and suspect it may have caused your child’s birth defect, legal help is available. You may be entitled to a substantial recovery for your child’s condition. The time to file a lawsuit, however, is limited.
Paxil is one of the most popular antidepressant medications in the world, with estimates that over 50 million people have taken the drug. Since GlaxoSmithKline failed for years to warn patients about the risk of birth defects, experts fear that millions of children may have been affected.
Lawyers with the Paxil Litigation Group are currently filing lawsuits on behalf of those children and families affected by Paxil birth defects and have recovered amounts in excess of $1 million for the birth defects caused by SSRI drugs like Paxil.
These same lawyers are available to answer questions about how much your case may be worth, how long you have to file and what help can be provided for your child today.
Contact us today for more information about a lawsuit for your child’s Paxil birth defects. We are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions and discuss your legal options.