While no one is completely sure of the exact number, it’s estimated that as many as 15 million people in the United States are fighting a daily battle against depression. Regardless of the actual figure, many people need help with this battle, and many different medications have been released onto the market that are designed to help with this fight. One of the leading medications for dealing with the symptoms of depression is known as Celexa, which is manufactured by Forest Laboratories.
Unfortunately, reports of serious Celexa side effects eventually began to surface, leading not only to action by the FDA but also to the filing of Celexa lawsuits. If you or someone you love has been harmed by this medication, you need to seek the help of experienced Celexa side effects lawyers as soon as possible. Below is a brief introduction to this troubling issue.
Celexa is an antidepressant medication that’s a member of a group of drugs that’s known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, or SSRI’s. Celexa performs much like other SSRI medications in that it helps to regulate the brain’s chemistry such that it keeps the patient on more of an even keel in terms of the synapse messages in the brain and how they move. Generally, Celexa was seen as successful and helpful in dealing with the symptoms of depression.
One area where Celexa differs somewhat from other SSRI medications is that the alleged Celexa side effects are somewhat different than other members of the group. Specifically, alleged Celexa side effects have included:
The reason that birth defects are associated so strongly with Celexa is because studies have shown that women who use Celexa or a different SSRI medication during the third trimester of pregnancy face a higher risk of having children born with at least one Celexa birth defect.
In response to the growing number of reports regarding alleged Celexa side effects, the FDA has taken action. The first action taken by the FDA occurred in 2004 when the agency issued a warning regarding the use of certain antidepressant medications during the late stages of pregnancy. In 2006, the FDA issued a specific warning regarding the dangers faced by children of mothers who used SSRI medications during the late stages of pregnancy of developing PPHN.
Overall, SSRI medications such as Celexa can be dangerous for pregnant women and others. If your child was born with a birth defect and you believe that it was the result of using this or any other medication, you need to seek the help of experienced Celexa side effects lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of suffering families for many years. Contact Parilman & Associates today to schedule a free initial consultation.
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