Posted by The Vigilant Mom on November 25, 2011
Recent research is showing that Celexa can not only harm your unborn baby, it can also cause heart damage for you as well when taken in doses that are greater than 40 mg per day.
The FDA issued this warning about Celexa in the summer. The warning, which was given to healthcare professionals, stated that Celexa may “cause abnormal changes in the electrical activity of the heart when taken at higher doses.” Previous studies of Celexa didn’t even show that higher doses of Celexa work in treating depression anyway, so this news should send out alarms if prescribed to you in a dose of more than 40 mg daily.
Celexa, which is an SSRI antidepressant medication, is prescribed more and more each day for patients suffering from depression and/or anxiety. Most of the time, the drug is given in doses of about 10 mg-20 mg; however, Celexa does come in a 40 mg dose tablet as well. The FDA has already issued warnings against Celexa’s ability to cause birth defects such as PPHN, cleft palate and neural tube defects in babies that are exposed to the drug in utero. However, since Celexa used to come in doses of up to 60 mg for patients suffering from severe depression, this new information about the heart damage caused by the drug bears heeding.
Some patients are more likely to suffer from heart damage caused by the high dose Celexa. Those patients include anyone that already has a heart condition, and those that are predisposed to having low potassium and magnesium levels in the blood. These days, it seems like there is far more risk involved in taking antidepressants like Celexa, Paxil, Zoloft and Prozac than ever before. Every week newer studies keep proving that the risk-to-benefits ratio involved with antidepressant treatment just isn’t worth it. These meds harm you and your baby, and some studies even suggest that they don’t work at all. For all of that, I think I will listen to the doctors that prescribe exercise and positive lifestyle changes; at least those treatments are cheap and 100 percent safe!