Understanding The Dangers Of Celexa Antidepressant Drug

Celexa is a drug prescribed by doctors and physicians to treat various levels of anxiety and depression. It is categorized as an SSRI (Selective Seteronin Reuptake Inhibitors), and it is one of the more popular drugs in its class. Celexa has been the alleged culprit of countless suicides and complications in cases where patients have been prescribed this particular drug.

Unbalanced Chemistry in the Brain

The brain naturally creates a substance by the name of serotonin, and people who are diagnosed with depression are deemed to have low levels of serotonin in their brains. Celexa is designed to “boost” these levels, so the patient’s mood returns to normal. However, the drug actually prevents the absorbing of serotonin as well, and the body becomes essentially unable to metabolize it. In simple terms, this can cause severe damage to the brain.

Celexa is responsible in many cases for actually worsening the chemistry in the brain rather than stabilizing it. As you would expect, this can and does lead to suicidal and self-destructive behavior/thoughts. Mood swings, dizziness, hallucinations, and convulsions have all been reported by various patients that have taken Celexa as well.

More recently, the manufacturers of Celexa have had their hands slapped by the FDA for allowing prescriptions of around 60 milligrams to go out. Celexa has been researched and found to cause abnormal heart rates if taken in large doses. In some cases, a mere 40+ milligram dosage is all it takes to end a life. 40 milligrams of Celexa is enough to alter electrical pulses and activity of the heart, which can result in a fatal case of arrhythmia.

Celexa is Dangerous During Pregnancy

Not only is Celexa incredibly dangerous to patients in general, but pregnant mothers have additional risks to worry about. If a pregnant woman takes Celexa at any time during the first twelve weeks of her pregnancy, the chances that the infant will suffer heart defects increases dramatically by 60%. Additionally, birth defects in general are 40% more likely when the drug is taken during pregnancy.

It’s easy to believe that an SSRI like Celexa can be safe when the manufacturer describes its effect on the body as merely “elevating serotonin levels.” However, there is a lot more to Celexa than simply elevating hormone levels.

 

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http://www.cchrflorida.org/blog/the-dangers-of-celexa-and-other-ssri-antidepressants/