Celexa Birth Defect Lawsuits
Celexa (Citalopram) is perscribed to individuals for the treatment of their depressive tendencies. Celexa, an antidepressant, is given to those suffering from generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and chronic depression. Celexa is marketed as a last resort for those still suffering from severe depression after other drugs have failed. It is estimated that depression effects 10% of all pregnant women. Mothers who have taken antidepressants during pregnancy may place their child at an increased risk of birth defects.
If you or your child has suffered a Celexa birth defect or other injury, contact a Celexa lawyer to discuss your right to reimbursement for your harms and losses. For a FREE confidential evaluation of your Celexa claim, call 855-552-2337.
The antidepressant Celexa, generically known as Citalopram, belongs to a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s). These antidepressants are alleged to treat patients by elevating the serotonin levels in the brain. The SSRI’s stop the brain from reabsorbing serotonin, making a larger amount available to stimulate nerve cells. This process claims to positively influence the mood of the user and relieve depressive symptoms.
Celexa FDA Warnings
The antidepressant Celexa has been on the market since 1998 when it was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In 2004, the FDA began requiring certain antidepressants to carry a clear warning label stating the potential side effects associated with the medication.
In 2011, the FDA again announced a revision to Celexa’s warning labeling. The FDA announced that patients should not consume more than 40 mg per day of the drug Celexa. Those patients taking more than 40 mg’s per day are at an increased risk of potentially fatal heart problems.
In 2012, the FDA once again made a change to Celexa labeling. This revision recommended that patients with long QT syndrome not take Celexa at all. This 2012 FDA change also recommended patients over 60 years of age never take more than 20 mg’s of Celexa per day.
Celexa Birth Defects
A 2006 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, discovered that women taking SSRI’s during pregnancy place themselves at an increased risk of childbirth complications. The study focused on persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) in newborn babies. The study found that when compared with mothers who did not take SSRI antidepressants while pregnant, those mothers taking the SSRI’s after their 20th week of pregnancy were 6 times more likely to have a baby with persistent pulmonary hypertension.
The Mayo Clinic has stated that Celexa may be the cause of several specific birth defects in children whose mother took the drug while pregnant. If your child has suffered from any of the following Celexa birth defects, you may be entitled to compensation:
Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN) – This is one of the most noted Celexa birth defects. Women taking Celexa while pregnant may increase the risk of PPHN in newborns by 6 times according to the New England Journal of Medicine. Babies born with PPHN have an improper blood flow throughout their heart and lungs, which deprives them of oxygen. It is estimated that approximately 20% of babies born with persistent pulmonary hypertension do not survive.
Skull and Brain Defects – Women using Celexa during the first trimester increase the likelihood of their child being born with craniosynostosis. This occurs when an infant’s skull joints close too soon, preventing the brain from proper development. If this occurs, the child may suffer impaired vision, impaired cognitive development, or a misshapen head.
Heart Defects- These may include Artrial Septal Defect, Double Outlet of the Right Ventricle, Transportation of the Great Arteries, Coarction of the Aorta, Left Heart Syndrome, Tetralogy of Fallot, Ventricular Septal Defect, Truncus Arteriosus, or Pulmonary Artesia.
Abdominal Wall Defects - These may include omphalocele, gastroschisis, or diaphragmatic hernia.
Lung Defects – These may include esophageal atresia, asthma, and other breathing issues.
Autism - SSRI’s may cause autism spectrum disorder.
Fatal Neural Tube Defect – These may include anencephaly or spina bifida.
Cleft Palate - When the skull fails to properly form in the roof of the mouth.
Cleft Lip – Defect in the upper lip of an infant.
Club Foot – Occurs when an infant’s foot muscles, joints and bone develop
Celexa Precautions and Side Effects
You should never simply stop taking a medication such as Celexa until you have consulted with your medical professional. If you are taking Celexa and you experience any of the following side effects, contact your doctor immediately:
- Very stiff muscles
- High fever
- Overactive reflexes
- Uneven heartbeats, sweating, shortness of breath, pounding heartbeat, breathing that stops, fainting, shallow breathing
- Vomiting, nausea, diarrhea
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of coordination
- Trouble concentrating, headaches
- Hallucinations or memory problems
This is not intended to be a complete list of side effects, and you should immediately contact your doctor if you are having any other problems.
Celexa Birth Defect Lawyer
For too long large pharmaceutical companies have placed profits ahead of proper drug testing and labeling. The constant FDA Celexa warnings and revisions serve to warn the public of the dangers associated with antidepressants such as Celexa. Large pharmaceutical companies are responsible for the harm they negligently cause their consumers.
If you took Celexa while pregnant and your child suffered a birth defect or other side effect, contact a St. Louis Celexa lawyer to discuss your case at 855-552-2337. We are help to help Celexa users across all 50 states. All consultations are free and there is no fee unless we win. Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to discuss your case with Top 100 Trial Lawyer.