Celexa Birth Defect Related Lawsuits

Recent studies have shown that Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) are directly linked to birth defects. These defects include, but are not limited to Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN), heart, lung, abdominal and cranial defects.

Celexa, which is marketed by Forest Laboratories, Inc. in the United States, is an antidepressant that is generally prescribed to treat major depression, panic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders and social anxiety disorders. It is additionally occasionally used in the treatment of body dysmorphic disorders.

Common Birth Defects

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has warned patients that taking Celexa or any other SSRI during pregnancy has been directly linked to Congenital Heart Defects. These birth defects were 5 times more likely to occur in women who have taken it during pregnancy. The most common defects are Heart Defects, Persistent Pulmomary Hypertension and Abdominal & Cranial birth defects. The heart defects were, in most cases, Atrial and Ventricular Septal Defects, which are characterized by holes in the walls of the chambers of the heart. Heart-related birth defects range in severity from minor, which may resolve without treatment, to severe conditions, which usually require surgical repair.

Drug companies have downplayed the risk to fetuses of the use of these drugs during the first trimester of pregancy. However, recent studies have shown a significant increase in occurence of serious birth defects as a result of using some of these drugs during the first trimester. If you were taking an SSRI before you found out you were pregnant, there is a possibility that your child’s birth defect was caused by the drug — even if you stopped taking it once you found out you were pregnant! Recent litigation has held these drug companies accountable for their failure to warn of these risks. If you or a loved one has taken an SSRI and given birth to a child with a congenital birth defect, you may be entitled to compensation.

Do I have a Celexa birth defect related Lawsuit?

The attorneys at Slater Slater Schulman LLP are dedicated to the representation of plaintiffs in Celexa and other SSRI lawsuits. Our firm is handling litigation related to these injuries nationwide.


If you or someone you love has taken Celexa while pregnant and given birth to a child with a congenital birth defect, you should contact Slater Slater Schulman LLP for a free consultation by filling out the form on this page or by calling (800) 251-6990.

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