Paroxetine, or Paxil, is a powerful antidepressant marketed by Smith Kline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted approval of Paxil in 1992, allowing it to be prescribed for a broad range of health issues, including:
- Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD
- Obsessive-compulsive behavior
- General anxiety disorders
- Panic attacks
- Treatment of “hot flashes” for women undergoing menopause
Paxil has come under U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scrutiny numerous times over the last two decades, with users reporting a wide range of health concerns, such as:
- Chest pain
- Seizures and fainting
- Headaches or dizziness
As a result of FDA investigations, federal prosecutors brought criminal charges against GlaxoSmithKline, alleging that company officials had fabricated clinical data, and had covered up findings that Paxil could be harmful to teenagers and young adults. In 2012, GlaxoSmithKline paid a $3 billion fine as part of a plea bargain to settle the criminal prosecution.
If you or someone you love has suffered health problems after using Paxil, GetLegal has the tools and resources to help you find skilled legal representation to protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory, look for your geographic location and find the best lawyer for your situation.
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