Celexa, also known by its generic name citalopram, is commonly used to treat depression. Forest Laboratories, the manufacturer of Celexa, introduced the drug to the market in 1998. It quickly became one of the most prescribed antidepressants in the U.S.
Celexa belongs to a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs work by boosting a natural substance called serotonin in the brain. Low serotonin levels have been associated with depression and anxiety.
Celexa Birth Defects
A Danish study found that women who took the SSRI Zoloft or Celexa early in their pregnancy were at an increased risk for congenital heart defects. Birth defects that have been associated with Celexa use include:
- Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
- Spina bifida
- Club foot
- Atrial septal defects
- Ventricular septal defects
- Tetralogy of fallot
- Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN)
In July 2006, The Food and Drug Administration warned healthcare professionals that infants who are exposed to SSRIs late in pregnancy have a greater chance of developing PPHN.
Physicians and patients believe that Forest Laboratories failed to warn the public about the risks associated with Celexa use. The Celexa attorneys at The Eichholz Law Firm believe that manufacturers should be held responsible for the harm that their products cause.
If you or a loved one has taken Celexa during pregnancy and delivered a baby with a birth defect you may be eligible to file a Celexa lawsuit seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. To learn more about your legal rights, contact The Eichholz Law Firm.
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