Celexa (citalopram) is one of the most popular antidepressants available in the market. It is included in the class of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It raises or restores the balance of serotonin in the brain, thereby improving mood problems and helping to relieve depression. It is also prescribed for other off-label purposes such as the treatment of anxiety, panic disorders, and eating disorders.

Pregnant woman holding her stomach and Celexa pills

Celexa Birth Defects

According to a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine in 2006, infants born to mothers who have taken Celexa or other SSRIs after the 20th week of pregnancy have an increased chance of developing a certain group of fetal defects. One of the most common defects is persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN). This study shows that 12 infants out of every 1,000 developed PPHN after being exposed to SSRI medications before birth, including Celexa. This is higher compared to the general average of 1 or 2 for every 1,000 infants who develop PPHN without SSRI exposure. The American Journal of Nursing also published another report that shows the prevalence of septal heart defects among infants born to women who took an SSRI medication during pregnancy.

Birth Defects as Side Effects of Celexa

Other birth defects or complications associated with the use of Celexa include the following:

  • abnormal heart rhythms,
  • anal atresia (imperforate anus),
  • limb defects like club foot,
  • malformations of the skull or face – such as cleft lip and cleft palate,
  • craniosynostosis (premature hardening of the skull),
  • heart defects such as atrial septal and ventricular septal defects,
  • neural tube birth defects (which could lead to the child failing to form a brain), and
  • omphalocele (in which the intestines and other organs develop outside the body).

FDA Recognizes Celexa Birth Defects Risk

Celexa is labeled a pregnancy Category C medication, which means that the drug can potentially cause harm to fetus when taken by the mother during pregnancy. The FDA required all manufacturers of SSRI drugs to update their warning labels. Manufacturers, distributors, and those who market drugs are expected to disclose all the benefits and risks of taking a drug. Like any other drug, Celexa should only be prescribed if its benefits outweigh the possible harm or consequences. If you or your loved one has suffered any birth defect due to the use of Celexa, you should contact a Celexa lawyer.  Manufacturers, distributors or marketers may be held liable for misrepresenting the drug and for their deceptive advertising tactics.

Please Speak With Your Doctor Before Discontinuing Use of Celexa or Any Other Prescription Medication.

Have You or a Loved One Given Birth to a Child with Birth Defects After Taking Celexa?

Celexa Birth Defects lawyerIf you or a loved one have given birth to a child with birth defects after taking the antidepressant medication Celexa, you may want to speak with a personal injury attorney regarding a potential Celexa lawsuit. d’Oliveira & Associates Rhode Island personal injury lawyers, are working with some of the leading lawyers in the country who are handling these cases.

Please contact our lawyers in RI the law offices of d’Oliveira & Associates at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form for a free legal consultation.