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)

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