Celexa Lawsuit | Side Effects :
Alonso Krangle LLP is currently investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of families who believe the antidepressant Celexa caused their child to be born with a birth defect. Celexa is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressant (SSRI), and has been prescribed to millions of people. Studies have shown that taking Celexa or another SSRI antidepressant while pregnant increases the likelihood that a baby will be born with a birth defect, including:
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
- Omphalcele – Abdominal Wall Malformation
- Gastrochesis – Abdominal Wall Malformation
- Craniosynostosis – Cranio-facial Malformation
- Clubfoot – Limb Malformation
- Atrial Septal Defect
- Ventricular Septal Defect
- Pulmonary Atresia
- Pulmonary Stenosis
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
- Transposition of Great Arteries
- Coarctation of the Aorta
- Tetralogy of Fallot
- Anal Atresia (anus or rectum malformation/defect)
- Club Foot
- Spina Bifida/Neural Tube Defects
The lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP represent people throughout the U.S. who have been injured by defective drugs, and understand the devastating financial and emotional impact birth defects have on children and their family. By filing a Celexa birth defect lawsuit you may be able to obtain compensation for your family’s emotional distress, as well as your child’s medical expenses and pain and suffering. The defective drug lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP are currently offering free lawsuit consultations to any family who believes Celexa caused their baby’s birth defect. To learn more about obtaining justice for your baby, please contact the Celexa defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP today.
Celexa and Birth Defects
Celexa is manufactured by Forest Pharmaceuticals under license from Lundbeck. Celexa is used to treat major depression and general anxiety disorder. In 2010, Forest Laboratories paid out $313 million in damages under the False Claims Act for illegally marketing Celexa and another SSRI, Lexapro, to children and for paying doctors kickbacks to prescribe the drugs.
In February, 2006, the New England Journal of Medicine reported that babies exposed to antidepressants such as Celexa in the last trimester were six times more likely to be born with PPHN than babies who were not exposed. Other studies that have pointed to a link between SSRIs, like Celexa, and birth defects include:
- A 2007 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) that linked SSRI drugs to neural tube defects, including spina bifida and anencephaly.
- In 2007, the National Birth Defects Prevention Study of Infants published an article in the NEJM which reported a link between SSRI antidepressants and cranial and abdominal birth defects.
- Another 2007 study published in the NEJM found that children born to pregnant women who took an SSRI 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 2011 study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry found that the risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder was about twice as high among women who took SSRIs in the year before delivery. That risk was four times higher in women who took SSRIs during their first trimester.
Learn More About Filing A Celexa Birth Defect Lawsuit
If your child was born with a birth defect and you believe Celexa might be to blame, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the makers of this medication. To learn more about the legal options available to you, please contact the Celexa birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP by filling out our online form or calling 800-403-6191.