What is Celexa?
Celexa (citalopram) is an orally-administered antidepressant medication in the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class. It was created in 1989 by the pharmaceutical company Lundbeck. When its patent expired in 2003, Forest Laboratories started selling generic Celexa.
Celexa and Pregnancy
It is a Pregnancy Category C drug, which means that studies in animals have indicated a potential risk to a developing fetus, but the risk in humans is unknown and doctors may still prescribe Celexa to pregnant women. During pregnancy, Celexa is known to pass through the placenta and through a baby’s blood-brain barrier.
Study Links Celexa and Heart Defects
Numerous Celexa lawsuits have been filed against its manufacturers for failing to warn about the risk of birth defects. In recent years, numerous studies have linked SSRI antidepressants to an increased risk. For example, the British Medical Journal published a study in 2011 linking Celexa to a 2.5-fold increased risk of septal heart defects (also known as “hole in the heart defects”), such as atrial septal defect or ventricular septal defect.
Celexa and Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
In 2006, researchers found a six-fold increased risk of Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN) associated with third-trimester exposure to SSRI antidepressants. In response, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Safety Communication and an update in 2011. Babies with PPHN have trouble breathing independently, and they often develop life-threatening low oxygen levels shortly after birth.
Celexa Birth Defects
- Heart defects
- Atrial Septal Defect
- Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)
- Tetralogy of Fallot
- Transposition of the Great Arteries
- Truncus Arteriosus
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
- Neural tube defects
- Spina bifida
- Pulmonary Atresia
- Diaphragmatic Hernia
- Neonatal withdrawal syndrome
- And more
Do I have a Celexa Class Action Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Celexa lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one had a baby with a birth defect caused by Celexa, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Celexa lawsuit, and our lawyers can help.