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What is the difference between. Citalopram and escitalopram?

What is the difference between. Citalopram and escitalopram?

Citalopram: Citalopram and escitalopram are similar, one is a isomer of the other and supposed to be more effective and safer at lower dosages. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Citalopram (Definition)

Citalopram is a ssri medication used to treat anxiety and depression disorders, it's also used to treat ptsd and ocd. It takes 4 to 6 weeks to be fully effective. Side effects; sedation, minor temporary stomach issues, delayed orgasm in males and rarely weight gain. It is ...Read more


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When is citalopram prescribed over escitalopram?

When is citalopram prescribed over escitalopram?

Cheaper: Escitalopram (Lexapro) is the purified form of citalopram (Celexa) it is newer and a more expensive generic. Celexa has more side effects that can cause sedation which some people find helpful. ...Read more

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Trying to switch from Citalopram to lexapro (escitalopram). took 20 mg of Citalopram and 10 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) and the first two days I felt happy now I feel numb. Why?

Not sure.: Are you working with your physician/ psychiatrist on this change? This sounds fine - but the change is not always seamless. Give your system a chance to adjust to the change. Let your physician know about any side effects. Take care. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with gad & have tried zoloft, lexapro, (escitalopram) citalopram and remeron all to no avail. Would gabapentin be a good choice?

I have been diagnosed with gad & have tried zoloft, lexapro, (escitalopram) citalopram and remeron all to no avail. Would gabapentin be a good choice?

Probably not: In my experience, I have not seen Gabapentin to be useful in treating anxiety. Makes sure that your diagnosis is correct, and that you have been taking full, therapeutic doses of the medications you have been taking. You may need a combination of medications, such as the addition of an antipsychotic. Lastly, consider a second opinion with a different psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Has anyone switched from Lexapro (escitalopram) to citalopram easily?

No problem: Lexapro (escitalopram) and citalopram are essentially the same thing. Most medications are made up of molecules that are mirror images (isomers). Half face left, half face right. In the case of citalopram, they found that only the left facing half was active, . So the separated our all the left facing citalopram and got lexapro (escitalopram). So 10 mg Lexapro (escitalopram) = 20 mg of citalopram. So there should be no problem. ...Read more

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Is it safe to switch straight from the anti depressant Citalopram 20mg daily to Escitalopram 10mg daily for depression & anxiety? Thanks.

Is it safe to switch straight from the anti depressant Citalopram 20mg daily to Escitalopram 10mg daily for depression & anxiety? Thanks.

Depends: You may be better off tapering citalopram as you start escitalopram for depression and anxiety. Some people do well on one but not the other. Discuss plan with prescribing doctor. Bottom line: you need close medical supervision to switch these meds to monitor therapeutic vs side effects. I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is escitalopram a more concentrated version of citalopram?

Lexapro (escitalopram): It is an isomers of citalopram, with less side effects. Potency is equivalent in both. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Celexa (Definition)

Celexa is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of ...Read more