Celexa and Autism
Celexa Autism Lawsuit Lawyers
Were you prescribed the antidepressant drug Celexa (generic name citalopram) while pregnant? Was your baby born with a heart defect? You should be aware that Celexa is one of a group of drugs known as SSRIs that has been the subject of Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) warning over concern that it can cause heart problems in babies. These heart defects may include atrial septal defects, ventricular septal defects, Tetralogy of fallot, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, transposition of the great arteries (TGA or TOGA), patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), total anomalous pulmonary venous return (TAPVR), double outlet right ventricle (DORV), and coarctation of the aorta (CoA)
Some SSRI drugs have also been linked to craniosynostosis and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in babies.
Celexa (citalopram) is manufactured by Forest Pharmaceuticals under license from Lundbeck. It is an antidepressant within the group known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). In addition to some risks of suicide and mania, other side-effects include the possibility of heart defects in babies when taken by their pregnant mothers. In addition to the defects mentioned above, there are concerns that SSRI drugs cause Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in the Newborn (PPHN). The manufacturer itself warns, “The safety of Celexa during pregnancy and lactation has not been established. Therefore, Celexa should not be used during pregnancy, unless, in the opinion of the physician, the expected benefits to the patient markedly outweigh the possible hazards to the fetus.”
If your baby has a heart defect and you took Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide) while pregnant, you should contact Michael P. Fleming, former elected county attorney to discuss the possibility of seeking compensation for you and your baby.