Celexa and Birth Defects
Celexa is an antidepressant manufactured and sold by Forest Laboratories. Celexa is among a class of drugs known as selective seratonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs.
Drugs in the SSRI category have been controversial since their first introduction onto the market in the 1990s. Numerous studies have questioned the effectiveness of the drugs, and reports of severe side effects including suicidal and violent behaviors began to quickly accumulate.
Long-term data on the usage of Celexa and other SSRIs has begun to emerge, and clear picture of the very real dangers that these drugs present to their users and to their families has begun to emerge. In the past few years, strong evidence has begun to emerge linking Celexa and other SSRIs with a number of severe birth defects.
Celexa and Birth Defects
A 2006 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that there was a significant association of risk from taking Celexa and other SSRI medication during the first trimester of pregnancy and specific birth defects.
For Celexa, these birth defects included:
- Omphalocele, a birth defect in which a child is born with the intestines, liver, and occasionally other organs outside of the abdomen because of a defect in the development of the abdominal wall muscles.
- Anencephaly, a birth defect occurring when the head end of the neural tube fails to close resulting in the absence of a major portion of the brain, skull, and scalp. Children with anencephaly usually do not survive birth.
- Craniosynostosis, a birth defect that affects the development of the skull, resulting in an abnormal head shape and usually a low I.Q. and other developmental difficulties.
Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension
The FDA cited a study that found that children born to mothers who had taken Celexa or other SSRIs late in pregnancy were six times more likely to have persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) than infants born to mothers who did not take antidepressants during pregnancy. Neonatal PPHN is a condition in which a baby is unable to properly process oxygen while breathing, a condition that can be immediately fatal and has potential long-term health consequences. The FDA recommended that physicians be extremely cautious in prescribing Celexa and other SSRIs to pregnant women and that the risks should be thoroughly discusses with women before Celexa or other SSRIs were prescribed.
Often the only recourse that someone who has been harmed by a dangerous drug has is to pursue a lawsuit against the manufacturer. Multiple lawsuits have been filed against Celexa manufacturer Forest Laboratories, and many of these lawsuits have been quietly settled out of court. If you or your child have been harmed by Celexa, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries by filing a lawsuit.
Celexa Birth Defect Lawsuits
If you or your child have been harmed by Celexa side effects, the law firm of Blizzard & Nabers can help. For more than 25 years, our pharmaceutical attorneys have successfully represented our clients and stood up for the rights of people harmed by pharmaceutical companies and dangerous drugs. We are a nationwide law firm serving clients from all over the country. We handle all Celexa-related injury cases on a contingency basis.
To learn more, or for a free case review from an experienced pharmaceutical attorney, please contact us by email or call us at 1-800-349-0127.