Forest Laboratory, the maker of Celexa, marketed the drug as an effective and safe medication for mood disorders; however, since its existence, it has been linked to many dangerous adverse effects including birth defects in children who took it and suicidal behaviors in patients who were prescribed it.
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention reported that depression is among America’s most common health issues making anti-depressants, including Celexa, big blockbusters in the market. Celexa belongs to a class of drug called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) which works by changing the chemical balance in the brain to boost mood. For the past decades, SSRIs have been linked to numerous cases of suicidal incidents. Unborn babies of pregnant women who are taking Celexa are also prone to pulmonary hypertension. Other serious side effects of the drug include panic episodes, seizures, allergies and abnormal bleeding.
In 2011, the U.S Food and Drug Administration released a warning concerning the dosage of the drug; it should not exceed 40 mg in a day as a dose higher than that would cause abnormal changes to the heart’s activity which may lead to fatality. People who are being treated with mythelene blue injections or are taking pimozide should stay away from Celexa.
Celexa is sold in the market under the generic name citalopram and it has been around since 1998. It was manufactured by Forest Labs and was originally approved to treat depression. Despite of the reported adverse effects of Celexa, the drug was also allegedly off-label marketed to treat alcoholism, for nicotine withdrawal and as a medication to some mental disorders.
The majority of Plaintiffs were women whose babies suffered from congenital birth defects as these mothers used the drug during their pregnancy. They claimed that they were assured that Celexa was safe for pregnant women.