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Celexa Lawsuit InformationRecent studies suggest that the maternal use of Celexa (generic: citalopram) during pregnancy has been associated with a high number of extremely serious heart, lung, abdominal and cranial birth defects. Specifically, Celexa has been linked to atrial and ventricular septal defects (holes in the heart), persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), spina bifida, and many other adverse congenital abnormalities. If your child was born with any of these conditions after you took Celexa during pregnancy, it is important to remember that you are not alone, and that the birth defects your child was born with were not your fault.

Free Celexa Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has a child who was diagnosed with any of the birth defects mentioned in this article after being exposed to Celexa in the womb, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

What is Celexa?

Manufactured and marketed by Forest Pharmaceuticals, Celexa is an FDA-approved selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant prescribed for the treatment of major depression. Celexa is also frequently used in an off-label capacity (for which it was neither tested nor approved by the FDA) to treat anxiety, panic disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Citalopram is available in 10 mg, 20 mg, and 40 mg tablets, as well as 10 mg/5 mL peppermint flavor oral solution.

Celexa Birth Defects

Unfortunately, the use of Celexa by expecting mothers during pregnancy has been associated with the following birth defects:

  • Atrial Septal Defects
  • Ventricular Septal Defects
  • Ebstein’s Anomaly
  • Mitral Valve Defects
  • Transposition of the Great Arteries
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
  • Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS)
  • Tricuspid Valve Stenosis
  • Tricuspid Atresia
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Truncus Arteriosus
  • Heart Murmur
  • Pulmonary Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Atresia
  • Gastroschisis – abdominal wall defect
  • Esophageal Stenosis
  • Esophageal Atresia
  • Clubfoot
  • Anal Atresia
  • Spina Bifida
  • Heart Malformations
  • Neural Tube Defects
  • Hypoplasia
  • Hydranencephaly
  • Anencephaly
  • Hand Deformations
  • Cleft Lip
  • Cleft Palate
  • Fetal Death
  • Growth Restriction
  • Iniencephaly
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Hypospadias
  • Mental Retardation
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Omphalocele
  • Encephalocele
  • Down Syndrome
  • Dandy Walker Syndrome
  • Undescended Testicles
  • Cloacal Exstrophy
  • Hydronephrosis

Celexa & Heart Defects

Two of the most commonly reported heart-related abnormalities associated with Celexa are atrial septal defects (ASDs) and ventricular septal defects (ASDs), which are commonly known as holes in the heart. In babies born with these conditions, holes between the upper two atriums or ventricles allow blood to flow sideways between the two chambers of the heart. As a result, oxygen-rich (red) blood from the left side flows through the opening and mixes with oxygen-depleted (blue) blood that then continues to the lungs. Signs and symptoms of Celexa-induced atrial or septal defects may include:

  • shortness of breath
  • fatigue
  • weakness
  • enlarged heart
  • high blood pressure
  • pulmonary hypertension
  • disinterest in feeding, or tiring when feeding
  • poor weight gain
  • rapid or heavy breathing
  • profuse sweating
  • frequent reparatory infections

Celexa & Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)

Since at least 2006, Celexa has been associated with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). Research published that year in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found that babies born to mothers who took SSRIs like Celexa while pregnant were six times more likely to have PPHN than babies born to mothers who took no such antidepressants during pregnancy. Then in January 2012, a study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) indicated that SSRI use during pregnancy had been associated with a doubling of the risk of having a baby born with PPHN. The study’s findings increased the absolute risk of PPHN from 1.2 to 3 cases per 1,000 births. Signs and symptoms of Celexa-induced persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn include:

  • rapid breathing (tachypnea)
  • rapid heart rate
  • respiratory distress
  • flaring nostrils
  • grunting
  • cyanosis (bluish tint to the skin)
  • heart murmur
  • low oxygen levels

Celexa & Pregnancy

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, the FDA advises you to consult your doctor before beginning a regimen of Celexa. In some cases, a doctor may recommend tapering off Celexa in order to prevent withdrawal symptoms. However, the longer a pregnant woman takes Celexa, the longer the fetus is exposed to the drug, which increases the likelihood of congenital birth defects in the unborn child.

Do You Have a Celexa 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 Celexa birth defects lawsuits in all 50 states.

Free Celexa Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one has a child who was diagnosed with any of the birth defects mentioned in this article after being exposed to Celexa in the womb, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

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