FDA Warns Against Taking Celexa in High Doses

In August 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that the antidepressant Celexa may cause a potentially fatal heart condition when taken in high daily-doses.

Belonging to the class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), Celexa, the FDA warns, should only be taken in doses of 40 mg or less per day. The FDA stated that studies indicate Celexa offers no benefit to patients who took doses greater than that amount.

In fact, a clinical trial revealed that taking Celexa in doses of 60 mg per day may be dangerous. The trial showed that taking the higher dose of Celexa increased the risk of developing unsafe heart conditions. According to the trial, people who took Celexa in doses of 60 mg per day risked developing prolongation of the QT interval, which can develop into an abnormal heart rhythm, including the potentially fatal condition Torsade de Pointes. Patients prone to low levels of magnesium and potassium or who already have a heart condition were at the most risk of developing the dangerous heart condition.

For people who have been prescribed high daily doses of Celexa, do not stop taking the drug or alter the dose prescribed without first consulting a doctor. Discontinuing or reducing the dose of Celexa taken may create unintended and harmful side effects.

If you have experienced complications after taking Celexa, including abnormal heart rhythm, dizziness, fainting or shortness of breath, seek medical attention. You also should speak to an attorney knowledgeable in products liability matters about seeking compensation for any injuries suffered due to the complications caused by Celexa. An attorney can help you seek compensation for medical bills and pain and suffering.