Celexa is an antidepressant drug in the SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) family. SSRIs are used to treat anxiety, depression, and a number of other psychological issues.
Unfortunately, these types of drugs have also been linked to a risk of certain serious birth defects, including congenital heart defects, as well as skull and abdominal defects.
Women who took Celexa, and drugs similar to it during pregnancy ran a higher risk of giving birth to child with congenital defects.
Types of Birth Defects
SSRIs like Celexa have been linked to serious birth defects, including:
- Spina bifida
- Club foot
- Heart defects
- Tetralogy of fallot
- Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
- Holes in the heart (atrial and ventricular septal defects)
- Transposition of the great arteries
- Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN)