Antidepressant Linked to Serious Birth Defects

Celexa® is an antidepressant medication known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), which works by releasing serotonin into the patient’s system to elicit a positive neurological response. Serotonin is the chemical that is associated with happiness and well-being. Celexa has been most often prescribed to combat major depressive disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, and more. However, there are significant risks of side effects that every expectant mother should be made aware of.

The FDA warns that women who take Celexa during pregnancy have a higher risk of their children developing life-threatening birth defects. These birth defects vary in severity and include:

  • Craniosynostosis—A condition when the brain doesn’t have enough room to develop, resulting in impaired vision and mental development.
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN)—A potentially fatal condition when a newborn’s blood is directed away from the lungs due to circulatory system deficiencies.
  • Cleft Palate—A developing baby’s mouth fails to fully develop while in the womb, potentially resulting in psychological problems and physical discomfort.

If your child suffered birth defects after you were prescribed Celexa, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. Call our experienced Celexa injury attorneys today for a free evaluation of your claim.