Depression can be a challenging disease to live with, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antidepressants were the third most commonly taken prescription drug in the U.S. from 2005 to 2008.
Unfortunately, some patients prescribed this medication have reported serious side effects. If you’ve been prescribed Celexa and suffered health consequences as a result, seek the assistance of the our lawyers at Gacovino, Lake & Associates.
What is Celexa?
Manufactured by Forest Pharmaceuticals, Celexa is a prescription drug that is used to treat depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders in both children and adults.
The active ingredient is citalopram hydrobromide, which works by preventing the uptake of serotonin by nerve cells once the chemical is released in hopes of creating more balance in neurotransmitters in the brain. Celexa is an oral medication that is typically taken once daily.
What are the side effects of Celexa?
Unfortunately, Celexa has some serious side effects that can be life threatening. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the possible side effects of Celexa include those mentioned below.
- suicidal thoughts or actions.
- changes in the electrical activity of your heart.
- serotonin syndrome, which includes hallucinations, agitation, vomiting, nausea, and more.
- severe allergic reactions.
- abnormal bleeding.
- manic episodes.
- changes in appetite or weight.
- low sodium levels in the blood.
- and, sexual problems.
While these side effects alone are severe, and even deadly, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have also been associated with possible increased risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). All patients prescribed Celexa or other SSRI medication should discuss these and other possible side effects with their doctors prior to taking the medication.
Those harmed by this drug may discuss possible legal options with our attorneys to review their options to recover compensation.
Who Is Liable if You’re Harmed by Celexa
Liability for an injury related to taking Celexa depends on the circumstances, including the types of injuries or other harm suffered as a result of the drug. A doctor, for example, may be liable for prescribing a drug to a patient who should not be taking the drug because of a health condition.
The manufacturer, Forest Pharmaceuticals, may be liable for serious side effects of the drug if it failed to warn or did not reveal possible complications of the drug. Discuss which party or parties may be liable for the condition with our lawyers who are familiar with dangerous drug claims.
Our Lawyers Help Injured Parties Seek Damages
If you or a loved one has been prescribed Celexa, and if you have experienced any of the dangerous side effects mentioned above, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages you suffered. When filing a lawsuit against the manufacturers, you may be entitled to recover damages in the form of medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. The time to act is now.
At Gacovino, Lake & Associates P.C., our lawyers know that there’s nothing more important than the health of you and your family. As such, we’ll work hard to make sure you get the representation that you deserve. If you’re a victim, call us today at 800-550-0000 to set up a free case consultation and to begin filing your claim immediately.