Celexa® Pregnancy Lawsuit

Did you take Celexa® when you were pregnant and then gave birth to a baby with a birth defect? If so, you should contact a Celexa® attorney to see if you qualify for a Celexa® pregnancy lawsuit.

Problems Linked to Celexa Use During Pregnancy

Celexa® taken by the pregnant mother has been associated with the following potential birth problems in the child:

  • Autism (further studies are needed to confirm an initial study)
  • Congenital heart defects, including septal defects (a "hole" in the wall between the heart’s chambers)
  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN)
  • Serotonin syndrome , characterized by apnea (long pauses between breaths), constant crying, cyanosis (skin that has a blue tinge), feeding difficulties, high muscle tension and hyper reflexes, irritability, jitteriness, low muscle tension, respiratory distress, seizures, tremors, unstable temperature and vomiting
  • Other types of birth defects

Autism in the child was shown in one small clinical study to be associated with the mother’s taking Celexa®, but according to one researcher, "We can’t detect causality from one study."

One autism expert at Harvard Medical School said that women should be cautious when taking SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). Celexa® is in the SSRI class of drugs. The scientist conducted animal studies that showed a strong relationship between baby research animals in the womb and autism-like behaviors and changes in brain structure in the animals once they were born.

Researchers at a Danish university discovered a link between mothers who took SSRIs during pregnancy and septal heart defects in their newborns.

PPHN occurs when the infant’s circulatory system does not change over from when it was a fetus to when it is a newborn living outside of the womb. Potentially a serious and even fatal condition, PPHN is being reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which is evaluating studies of the disorder in the newborns of pregnant women who took Celexa®.

Serotonin syndrome may be caused either by the direct toxic effects of serotonin on the infant or by withdrawal from the SSRI that the pregnant mother was taking.

Find Out If a Celexa® Lawsuit is Right For You

If your child is diagnosed with any of these birth defects and you took Celexa® during your pregnancy, you should consult a Celexa® lawyer to find out if you and your baby qualify to file a lawsuit that would seek compensation for your injuries.

While financial compensation cannot reverse the problems associated with your child’s condition, it can help ensure that you are able to provide your child with the highest quality medical treatment so he or she can achieve the highest quality life.

To find out if you qualify, please schedule a free review of your case today.

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