Birth Defects May Lead To Celexa Lawsuit

Birth defects caused by the anti-depressant drug, Celexa, may be compensable. Find out more about Celexa birth defects, the warnings which have been issued and whether filing a Celexa lawsuit might be right for you. A Celexa injury lawyer will be able to assess your situation and determine whether you might be entitled to compensation.

Celexa Birth Defects / Celexa Warnings

Celexa (Citalopram Hbr) is an anti-depressant medication known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) manufactured by Forest Laboratories - which also manufacturers Lexapro. While Celexa may help fight depression, it can be dangerous for women of childbearing age who take it during pregnancy. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) classifies Celexa as a Pregnancy Category C - which means that animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus. Celexa birth defects include:

  • Omphalocele / Abdominal Birth Defects. This is a developmental defect of the abdominal muscles which could affect the large intestine, small intestine and liver.

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). According to a recent study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, women who took an SSRI antidepressant while pregnant were twice as likely to give birth to a child with an ASD than mothers who did not.

  • Anal atresia. This is a partial or complete closure of the anus.

  • Heart (cardiac) Cardiac. Heart defects can include septal defects, heart valve abnormalities, coarctation of the aorta, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA), transposition of the great arteries and Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). In fact, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine study reported that pregnant women who take SSRIs in their first trimester quadruple the risk of their babies experiencing a heart defect.

  • Malformation. This can include craniosynostosis (a skull defect), cleft lip, cleft palate, club foot, genital malformation and limb defects.

  • Neural Tube Defects. The neural tube defect known as Spina bifida is characterized by the failure of the backbone and spinal cord to close before birth. There are generally three types of spina bifida:

  • Myelomeningocele- This is the most serious type which occurs when the bones of the vertebrae don’t form properly - allowing a small sac containing cerebrospinal fluid and tissues that protect the spinal cord to extend though an opening in the spine.

  • Spina bifida occulta- This occurs when spinal bones fail to close, but the spinal cord itself and the meninges - the system of membranes which envelopes the central nervous system - remain in place.

  • Meningoceles - This is a condition in which the spinal cord develops normally; however, the meninges protrude from a spinal opening.
  • PPHN (Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn). PPHN - difficulty breathing or experiencing lung conditions - is caused when pregnant mothers ingest an SSRI drug during their third trimester, or after their 20th week. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine study reported that the risk of a child developing PPHN is six times greater for women who take anti-depressant drugs during pregnancy than for women who haven't taken anti-depressants during pregnancy.

It's these serious side effects which have led to a rash of SSRI birth defect warnings and SSRI birth defect litigation  nationwide.

Filing a Celexa Injury Lawsuit

If your child has a birth defect which may have been caused by Celexa, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Celexa birth defect injury lawyer to discuss your situation so that you can decide for yourself whether filing an Effexor lawsuit is in your best interests and that of your family.