Studies have linked the antidepressant drug Celexa to an increased risk of serious heart defects and other birth defects when taken during pregnancy. Celexa is part of a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which also includes Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac and Lexapro.
In a 2006 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), researchers found that women who take SSRIs including Celexa while pregnant are six times more likely to give birth to children with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). PPHN is a serious condition that causes potentially fatal circulatory problems.
The use of Celexa during pregnancy has been linked to other serious heart defects. A 2007 study also published by the NEJM found that children born to pregnant women who took the antidepressant were three times more likely to suffer right ventricular defects than women who did not take the drug. The study also found that these children may be at an increased risk of other cardiac defects.
A second study published in 2007 linked the use of Celexa by pregnant women to an increased risk of other types of birth defects. According to the study, women who used antidepressants including Celexa while pregnant were more than twice as likely to give birth to a child with anencephaly (large part of the brain or skull missing), craniosynostosis (early fusion of the sutures of the skull) or omphalocele (abdominal organs protrude into the umbilical cord).
If you or a loved one took Celexa or other antidepressants during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with heart defects or other birth defects, contact the attorneys at Hissey Kientz to learn more about your legal rights. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out a free case evaluation form on the right of this page.