SSRI Litigation

Celexa Overview: What is Celexa?

Celexa® is the brand name for citalobram hydrobromide, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). SSRIs are a class of antidepression drugs. Celexa is available only by prescription, as tablets, or as an oral solution.1

SSRIs, depression, and suicide

Prescriptions for antidepressants like Celexa are used to treat major depression in children, adolescents, and adults.2 However, some drug makers, including Forest Laboratories, the maker of Celexa, have been sued for not telling consumers that some of the drugs do not work in children and that they may increase suicidal thoughts.3 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a black box warning for SSRIs, but found that the benefits of being prescribed the medication likely outweigh the risks.4

Side effects of Celexa

Like other antidepression drugs, Celexa has side effects like dry mouth, constipation, sleepiness, and sexual dysfunction. The drug is also associated with some other more severe side effects:2

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Changes in mood
  • Agitation, irritability, and restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Chest pain or changes in heart rhythm
  • Trouble breathing
  • Seizures
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Manic episodes
  • Changes in appetite or weight

SSRIs can also result in serotonin syndrome, a potentially life-threatening condition caused by the presence of too much serotonin. It commonly occurs when Celexa is taken with a migraine medication.5

Treatment-resistant depression

Treating depression can be difficult. One-third of patients have to be prescribed a different antidepressant or a different class of drug in order to see results.6 For patients with treatment-resistant depression, SSRIs like Celexa may be prescribed with antipsychotics7 or non-pharmaceutical options such as talk therapy.8

Celexa lawsuits

In 2010, the maker of Celexa agreed to pay $313 million in a settlement for a lawsuit that claimed they had made fraudulent claims in marketing the antidepressant.9 All patients on Celexa should be monitored by their doctors for unexpected adverse reactions or side effects.1 However, if you or a loved one was injured using Celexa, a personal injury attorney can help you decide if you have a case.

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