Celexa Heart Rhythm Problems at Doses Over 40mg
The Celexa lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are pursuing potential lawsuits for children born with birth defects caused by side effects of the antidepressant when taken taken during pregnancy. However, new warnings released by the FDA this week now suggest that there may be potential claims for users of the medication who suffered serious or fatal heart rhythm problems after using Celexa at daily doses that exceeded 40 mg per day.
>>FDA WARNING: Celexa Heart Rhythm Problems
On August 24, 2011, the FDA issued a new warning that indicates individuals should not receive more than 40mg per day of Celexa, due to an increased risk of abnormal heart rhythms, which could lead to death. The agency also indicated that there is no proof that taking such high doses of the antidepressant provide any additional benefit.
Celexa (citalopram) was originally introduced in 1989, but is now widely available as generic citalopram. It belongs to a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) and is approved by the FDA for treatment of major depression. However, it is often prescribed off-label to treat other psychological problems.
According to the FDA, Celexa side effects may interfere with the normal electrical activity of the heart, which can lead to an abnormal heart rhythm, including prolongation of the QT intervals and Torsade de Pointe. The FDA warned that in some cases the Celexa heart problems could lead to death.
Celexa tablets are available in 10mg, 20mg and 40mg dosages. While the prior drug label indicated that certain patients may require a dose of 60 mg per day, the FDA indicates that more than 40 mg per day should not be taken. Individuals taking more than 40 mg per day of Celexa have been advised to contact their health care provider to discuss reducing the dosage. The agency also urged consumers to seek immediate medical attention if they experience any of the following heart problems on Celexa:
- Irregular Heartbeats
- Shortness of Breath
POTENTIAL CELEXA HEART LAWSUITS
The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing the new information provided by the FDA and evaluating whether individuals may be entitled to pursue compensation through a Celexa lawsuit. To submit information about heart rhythm problems from Celexa for review as part of our evaluation of this potential litigation, request a free consultation.