The Dangers of Celexa and Other SSRI Antidepressants

Celexa is an antidepressant used to treat depression as well as various forms of anxiety. It is in the group of psychiatric drugs called SSRIs, or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. Other more well-known drugs in this category are Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft. These drugs carry the FDA Black Box Warning which states the drug could increase suicidal thinking and behavior. These dangerous drugs should not be available to the public because they cause more harm than good and could be fatal.

The “theory” is that people who are continually depressed have low serotonin levels in their brain. By boosting those levels with the antidepressant, their mood is elevated to “normal” levels. To someone that isn’t an expert on brain chemistry, this sounds reasonable and like an easy fix. Forest Labs, the manufacturer of Celexa, is counting on you to believe that, but it is not true.

Serotonin is a natural substance in the brain. What really happens is that the drug inhibits the serotonin from being absorbed like it normally would, so that it is not metabolized and as a result, it builds up in the body. This can cause changes in the brain’s chemistry which basically means damage to the brain.

Instead of producing that elevated mood, SSRI antidepressants can do just the opposite and can cause even more very undesirable conditions. As the Black Box Warning indicates, they can increase suicidal thoughts and behavior. They can actually make the depression or anxiety worse. Those feelings acted upon mean murder and suicide. Convulsions, hallucinations and severe allergic reactions are also possible. Cardiac arrhythmia, blood pressure changes, mood swings and dizziness are not unheard of. Do these antidepressants sound like something that would really help you.

The manufacturer of Celexa in particular doesn’t appear to be looking to improve your mental health either as they have pleaded guilty to criminal charges regarding marketing of Celexa to children. Celexa is not approved by the FDA for use by children. Many parents of teens who committed suicide or attempted suicide while on the drug, have sued Forest Labs for fraud and negligence. They contend that Forest Labs did not warn the doctors or public about the known dangers of Celexa. Instead, they paid doctors to promote the drug and aggressively marketed the antidepressant for use by children and teenagers. This cost them over three hundred million dollars to settle but this is a nominal fee for a pharmaceutical company that makes billions of dollars a year from one drug.

More recently, Celexa now has another thorn in its side to its unsafe and dangerous reputation. It has been found that high doses can cause abnormal heart rhythms which can result in death. This is serious enough that the FDA has given new dosage and usage recommendations. Some patients were taking sixty milligrams a day of this antidepressant, but it has been found that more than forty milligrams could be fatal. Studies have shown that usage of over forty milligrams of Celexa can change the electrical activity in the heart resulting in a potentially fatal arrhythmia.

What comes to mind as a serious concern is what about pregnant women taking Celexa? Since whatever the future mom ingests goes into the baby’s bloodstream, how would any dosage of this antidepressant affect the baby’s heart? It wouldn’t be logical not to affect it. In fact, in the first twelve weeks of pregnancy, it is sixty percent more likely that a baby will be born with heart defects if the mother is taking Celexa. There is also a forty percent chance that birth defects in general will occur, just from the fact that the mother is taking an SSRI.

Drug companies and psychiatric “experts” keep telling us that Celexa and other SSRI antidepressants are safe, but since when do potential violence and suicide, heart arrhythmias and baby heart defects come under the heading of safe? It would be wise to get yourself informed regarding the harms of psychiatric drugs so that you know the truth and don’t fall victim to this false declaration of “safety.”

About CCHR Florida

About CCHR Florida What is CCHR Florida? The Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida (CCHR) helps parents understand their parental rights; childrens’ rights; the facts regarding psychiatric medications, such as prozac, ritalin, adderall, et cetera; helps all individuals to understand that they have the right to informed consent and the right to alternative treatment. CCHR Florida is a non-profit public benefit organization that investigates and exposes psychiatric violations of human rights. It works shoulder-to-shoulder with like-minded groups and individuals who share a common purpose to clean up the field of mental health. CCHR Florida shall continue to do this work until abusive and coercive practices committed under the guise of mental health are eradicated and human rights and dignity are returned to all. While CCHR Florida does not provide medical or legal advice, it does work closely with attorneys and medical doctors and supports medical, but not psychiatric, practices. Mental Health No one denies that people can have difficult problems in their lives and that at times can feel mentally unstable. Mental health care is therefore both valid and necessary. However, the emphasis must be on workable mental healing methods that improve and strengthen individuals and thereby society, by restoring people to personal strength, ability, competence, confidence, stability, responsibility and spiritual well-being. CCHR Florida refers those who call in on our hotline to alternative health care doctors who will help them to handle their medical situation, without the use of psychiatric drugs.
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2 Responses to The Dangers of Celexa and Other SSRI Antidepressants

  1. Anonymous says:

    Why on earth hasn’t this received more media attention?

  2. Amanda E says:

    I was prescribed celexa a few months after the birth of my first child. I would have hallucinations of my child hanging by her neck from the ceiling fan over the dinner table. I immediately informed my doctor about this and she took them away right away. I still have nightmares about it though 11 years later. What a horrible thing to “see” when you walk in the door after a long day at work, not to mention my family thought I was crazy!!!

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