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If I am pregnant, is it safe to use Celexa?

There is not enough research on the use of Celexa (citalopram) in pregnant women to know if it is safe, so if you are pregnant, talk to your doctor about whether treatment with Celexa is right for you. Celexa is an antidepressant; scientists think it works by adjusting levels of a particular brain chemical, called serotonin.

Studies in animals show that Celexa may affect development of a developing fetus and of offspring after birth. Some studies looking at the use of Celexa late in pregnancy show an increased risk of complicated births, respiratory problems, high blood pressure and other potentially serious problems in newborns.

You and your doctor will have to weigh the potential benefits of your taking Celexa against the possible risk to your developing fetus. If you become pregnant while you are taking Celexa, call your doctor right away, but do not stop taking it without talking to your doctor first. Suddenly stopping Celexa may cause potentially serious withdrawal symptoms.

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