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What is Paxil?
Paxil, is in a class of medications called selective seratonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Paroxetine or paroxetine hydrochloride, marketed by the drug name Paxil, was approved as a medication by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1992 as a treatment for adult depression, social anxiety disorder (SAD), panic disorder, and remenstrual dysphoric disorder (PDD). The medication is manufactured and marketed by GlaxoSmithKline in the U.S. in two versions — Paxil and also in a controlled release form, Paxil CR. SSRIs help maintain a balance of serotonin levels in the brain in order to restore the brain to a normal emotional state.
Tablets of the anti-depressant drug Paxil
Since its introduction, the drug has come under increased scrutiny. Recent studies revealed that when pregnant women took Paxil, there was an increase in birth defects, in particular heart defects. The FDA has required label changes and has sent an advisory to doctors informing them of the increased risks for birth defects.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors during pregnancy and risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension in the newbornPersistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn is a life threatening condition that occurs in up to 2 per 1000 liveborn infants and most often in those born full term or post term.1-3 In this condition the pulmonary vascular resistance fails to decrease after birth and the ductus arteriosus must remain open to ensure circulation. Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn and persistent fetal circulation are often used synonymously.
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