Celexa Heart Birth Defects

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Celexa is an antidepressant drug which has frequently been prescribed to women during pregnancy.  However, the use of Celexa throughout pregnancy has been linked to congenital birth defects, including cardiovascular birth defects and other types of defects. Read More Here

Celexa Induced Birth Defects

Specifically, there are four types of congenital birth defects which have been associated with the use of Celexa during pregnancy.  These birth defects include the following:

  • congenital heart defects
  • persistent pulmonary hypertension
  • omphalocele
  • craniosynstosis

Congenital heart defects include Atrial or Ventricular Septal Defects, which consist of holes in the heart. Next, Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension occurs where an infant’s circulatory system fails to make a transition upon birth and reverts back to a fetal status; as a result, the infant fails to get enough oxygen. In addition, Omphalocele is a birth defect where the abdominal organs (usually the intestines) protrude through the belly button.  Finally, Craniosynstosis is a birth defect which involves the premature fusion of sutures on the infant’s head, causing an abnormal appearance and neurological problems.

Liability Issues

If one was prescribed Celexa during one’s pregnancy and thereafter gave birth to a child with a defect, there may be a legal claim for the resulting birth defect.  This claim could potentially be against the prescribing physician, the manufacturer of the medication or any other parties, depending upon the circumstances of the particular case.  Recently, there have class actions have been filed manufacturers of similar medications on the basis that patients did not receive adequate warnings of the risks of birth defects if the medication was taken by pregnant women. 

How a Lawyer Can Assist

In the event that one has a child with a birth defect and took Celexa during pregnancy, one may seek the consultation of an experienced attorney.  An experienced attorney can not only review the details of one’s case in order to determine whether there is a legal claim, but also the attorney can identify the courses of action one may have with respect to the claim.   Furthermore, an experienced attorney will have an innate understanding of the complexities surrounding these types of cases and be able to easily navigate through the case and present the case to a jury or judge, if necessary.  Finally, an attorney can help to guide one through the legal process in order to alleviate any concerns or questions one may have.

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