Have you or a loved one been harmed by Celexa?

Since July 1998, millions of people suffering from depression and other potentially debilitating conditions, including pregnant women and adolescents, have sought relief by taking the antidepressant drug Celexa (citalopram). In the intervening years, however, studies examining the potentially fatal side effects of Celexa have revealed it to be more dangerous than previously understood, particularly for pregnant women and adolescents.

What is Celexa and who uses it?

Celexa is among the class of antidepressant drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which are approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of depression but are often prescribed off-label for many other conditions. The FDA reported that in 2011 alone, pharmacies dispensed about 31.5 million prescriptions to some 7.2 million patients in the United States.

What are the dangers of Celexa?

Recent research has started to make clear that Celexa may pose severe risks to certain people, including:

  • The fetuses of pregnant women
  • Young adults aged 18–24
  • Patients sensitive to medications that affect their heart rhythms in certain ways

For Pregnant Women:

Some evidence has linked Celexa to birth defects in the newborns of women who took the medication while pregnant. The New England Journal of Medicine found that Celexa exposure late in pregnancy was correlated with a six-fold increase in the newborn’s likelihood to suffer from persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN), which leads to the infant’s death in approximately 20% of cases and long-term respiratory difficulty in most survivors. Other research suggests that pregnant women who use SSRIs such as Celexa may be four times as likely to have a child with an autism spectrum disorder.

Some other reported Celexa-linked birth defects include:

  • Septal defect (a hole in the septum, the tissue surrounding the heart)
  • Neural tube defects such as spina bifida
  • Cleft palate
  • Club foot
  • Craniosynostosis (improper or incomplete fusion of a newborn’s cranial bones)
  • Hytoplastic left-heart syndrome (underdevelopment of the left chamber of the newborn’s heart)

For Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults:

Celexa, like most other antidepressants, may increase the risk of suicidal behavior in children, adolescents, and young adults. While Celexa is not approved for use by children, physicians may prescribe the drug for children off-label.

For patients with certain cardiac-related issues:

In March 2012, the FDA warned that high doses of Celexa may change the electrical function in the heart and recommended that doctors prescribe Celexa in doses no higher than 40mg per day. The FDA also warned that patients with congenital long QT syndrome are at particular risk of Torsade de Pointes, ventricular tachycardia, and sudden death

Do you believe Celexa has damaged your health or that of a loved one?

If any of the above conditions have affected you or a loved one after taking Celexa, you may have a legal claim and be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer. Goldberg & Osborne is reviewing cases involving certain birth defects suffered by children whose mothers who took Celexa or other dangerous drugs during pregnancy. The personal injury attorneys at Goldberg & Osborne have substantial experience helping injured people find justice. Please call Goldberg & Osborne today at 1-800-THE-EAGLE (1-800-843-3245) to receive a FREE case evaluation or fill out our short and simple online case form here.

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