Celexa is an antidepressant manufactured by Forest Laboratories. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug for the treatment of symptoms of depression in 1998. It belongs to a category of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
However, research linked the drug to an increased risk of babies born with birth defects, along with many other possible side effects and complications. If you took Celexa during your pregnancy and had a baby with birth defects or who otherwise suffered harm, talk to Celexa lawyers about your case. You might be eligible for compensation for your damages. Call 215-642-2335 to discuss filing a claim with Cordisco & Saile LLC.
Types of Birth Defects Associated with Celexa Use
Research found a link between the use of Celexa and harm to lab animal fetuses, but there is insufficient evidence of harm to human fetuses. Thus, the FDA labels Celexa and other SSRIs as Class C drugs.
Plaintiffs who sued drug manufacturers for SSRIs they allege caused birth defects have named several birth defects they claim are linked to the drugs. These include spina bifida, club foot and persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). PPHN is a potentially fatal condition in which the baby’s lungs fail to function. In 2006, the FDA called on manufacturers of SSRIs to warn parents about the risk of PPHN in their prescription information.
Other Defects Associated with Celexa Use
Apart from birth defects, research linked Celexa to a number of other complications and side effects. Below are some of the other complications that some patients suffered that may be linked to Celexa use.
- Risk of suicide (suicidal tendencies or fantasies)
- Increased risk of depressive thoughts
- Heart problems like changes in heart rate
- Serotonin syndrome
Patients who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical attention right away. Some patients may have grounds to take legal action against the manufacturer of the SSRI, like Celexa, linked to these serious side effects.
Celexa Product Liability Lawsuits
Women who had babies with birth defects because of Celexa use have filed product liability lawsuits against Forest Laboratories. The plaintiffs allege that the drug manufacturer failed to warn of the increased risk of birth defects when taking the drug during pregnancy.
If you are a woman who had a baby with a birth defect you believe Celexa use caused, talk to Celexa attorneys from our firm. We’ll help determine if the manufacturer may be liable in your particular case or if another party could be liable. Compensation can include medical expenses and pain and suffering.
Aside from the manufacturer, a doctor might be liable for prescribing Celexa to a woman during pregnancy. This prescription must violate the standard of care, however. Experts may agree that certain women – such as those with severe depression, bipolar disorder or past suicide attempts – remain on an SSRI while pregnant. But in other cases, standard of care may dictate removing a pregnant mother from SSRI drugs. An attorney can secure expert medical testimony regarding the standard of care in your case.
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Speak to a dangerous drug attorney to review your case. These claims come under product liability law, which is a complex and specialized field of the law. Some come under medical malpractice, which can also be a complicated type of lawsuit.