Celexa (citalopram) is one of the most popular antidepressants that is used for the treatment of depression and mental disorders. It is a member of the class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs, which is able to affect the serotonin levels in the brain that become unbalanced. This imbalance is believed to be one of the factors implicated in causing depression. Celexa is generally prescribed to patients to restore the balance of certain natural substances such as serotonin in the brain. The goal of the drug is to improve the patient’s well-being and energy level. The antidepressant drug Celexa has also been used for other mental conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder and panic disorder.
FDA Warns of Celexa Side Effects
The Food and Drug Administration (the FDA), however, warns the public of potential side effects of the antidepressant Celexa. Recent studies have shown that some people who take antidepressants including Celexa can experience worsening mental or mood symptoms. Among these worsening symptoms include depression or suicidal thoughts. As with other drugs, a patient who takes Celexa may also experience other serious side effects including any of the following:
- Abdominal pain
- Abnormal heart rhythm
- Bleeding disorders
- Concentration or focus problems
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of coordination
- Memory problems
- Stiff or rigid muscles
- Troubled sleeping
Other less serious problems that a patient may experience include:
- cold symptoms
- dry mouth
- mild nausea
- minor sleep problems
- more frequent urination
- sore throat
- upset stomach
- weight changes
Celexa Linked to Birth Defects
Celexa has also been linked to birth defects in children born when the mother has taken the drug early in pregnancy. Celexa related birth defects that have been reported include: abnormal heart rhythms, anal atresia, malformations of the skull or face, heart defects, limb defects, and others.
Doctors should discuss with their patients how this medication could affect them if they have reduced liver or kidney functions, have a history of seizures, or are or plan to become pregnant. Patient lifestyles should also be assessed. If you or a loved one has suffered any side effect from the use of Celexa, you may be entitled to receive compensation. Contact a Celexa attorney now to know your rights.
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?
If 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 RI Celexa lawyer regarding a 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 the lawyers in RI at the law offices of d’Oliveira & Associates at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form for a free legal consultation.