Paxil may cause birth defects

Posted by John Harris on Sun, Oct 22, 2006 @ 11:13 AM

Doctors should use caution in prescribing Paxil without considering alternative.

The Food and Drug Administration is warning that a study has suggested that the antidepressant Paxil may be associated with birth defects. Failure of doctors "to carefully weigh the potential risks and benefits of using paroxetine therapy in women during pregnancy may be malpractice. Doctors should also discuss these latest findings as well as treatment alternatives, with their patients. Failure to do so may be malpractice.

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