Celexa has been linked to several awful side effects, which include pulmonary hypertension in newborn babies, anxiety, aggressive or violent behavior, impulsive or suicidal behavior and irritability, among others. Celexa is a member of the SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) group, along with Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft and others. These drugs are also known as antidepressants.
Celexa FDA Drug Safety Communication
In December 2011, a safety announcement concerning SSRI antidepressants and pregnancy was released by the FDA. The announcement noted the link between a potential risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) and SSRI use during pregnancy.
In August 2011, a safety announcement concerning Celexa was released by the FDA. The FDA safety announcement alerted healthcare professionals and patients taking Celexa that the antidepressant should not be taken in doses exceeding 40 mg per day.
According to the FDA drug safety announcement, taking a dose of Celexa exceeding 40 mg per day can contribute to abnormal changes in electrical heart activity. Changes in this type of heart activity can eventually lead to a potentially fatal abnormal heart rhythm.
Celexa Lawsuit Information
If you or a loved one has experienced adverse side effects from the use of Celexa, you may qualify for compensation to help with the cost of your medical expenses, as well as your pain and suffering. To contact a Celexa lawyer for a free consultation and Celexa lawsuit information, call Matthews and Associates toll free at 1-888-520-5202.
What is Celexa?
Celexa is a prescription medication used to treat major depression. Celexa is in a group of drugs labeled selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). SSRI drugs are prescribed to treat mental depression. These drugs have also been approved by the FDA to treat:
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Anxiety disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- And more
- goes by the generic name citalopram
- contains the active ingredient citalopram
- was originally approved July 17, 1998
- is manufactured by Forest Labs
- is approved for the use of managing depression
What is PPHN?
PPHN stands for persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn. This occurs when a newborn is unable to breathe air after exiting the womb. Newborns with this condition may require a ventilator or other intensive care support to supply enough oxygen. A severe case of PPHN can damage organs or even lead to death.
Off –label Uses of Celexa
Despite the severe and sometimes fatal side effects related to the use of Celexa, many users take the drug for –
- Schizophrenia and other mental disorders
- Hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms
- Nicotine withdrawal
- And more
Celexa Side Effects
While Celexa is often used for the treatment of depression, the side effects associated with the drug are often severe and sometimes life threatening. Side effects include:
- Birth defects such as PPHN in newborns
- Rigid muscles
- Uneven heartbeats
- Unsteadiness or loss of coordination
- See other Celexa side effects here
Contact a Celexa lawyer if you are experiencing any of these side effects.
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