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They are similar: Fluoxetine and citalopram are both selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors so they are in the same class of medicines. Fluoxetine is the oldest medicine in the class and has a long chemical half-life. Citalopram is much newer, has a shorter half-life and fewer side effects. They are both used to treat depression, anxiety and some other illnesses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fluoxetine (brand prozac) is an antidepressant in the class known as serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors aka ssris. Fda approved in 1987 for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Subsequently approved for obsessive compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Significantly safer and much better ...Read more
Should I wait for however long it takes for the citalopram to get out of my system to start fluoxetine?
That depends: on how long ago you switched SSRI's. ...Read more
itching with citalopram and quit taking it for 4 days when will go away totally? Cause still itch and dr put me on fluoxetine now.
Yes: but under your physician or pyschiatrist's supervision. Take care. ...Read more
I am currently taking fluoxetine, but have read about the side effects and would like to know more about the alternative citalopram. Thoughts?
Citalopram off, on fluoxetine now, Would side effects from other med go away when can Itake new med? Didn't take other med today so when should start?
Great questions.: Ideally these should have been answered by the prescribing physician. Not knowing specifically which side effects you were having I can't really comment on that, but usually it is not recommended that you suddenly stop taking one drug to allow a "wash out" period, because you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Review the materials you got from your pharmacy, and if not helpful call your MD ...Read more
Took citalopram for 3 days off now cause had all types of side effects. Now on fluoxetine but haven't started do I need to wait or is it ok to start?
Go ahead and take it: You should start the drug. You might want to check with your doc first, by telephone, but there is no need for you to suffer in the meantime. These are generally pretty safe drugs. Call 911 if you have thoughts of hurting yourself. Otherwise, I bet you will feel better after you take the Fluoxetine. ...Read more
Should I wait until citalopram is out of my system to start fluoxetine cause it says they can interact or does that mean if they are taken together?
Consult provider: The provider directing this change should advise you on this, but if you must decide on your own - play it as safe as possible. Even for your own ability to evaluate the new drug, it will be clearer if the old one is not clouding the water. But the doctor is responsible and needs to be involved if possible. Best! ...Read more
I was only on citalopram for 3 days and on fluoxetine it won't do nothing when start this fluoxetine will it? Cause I had side effects to citalopram?
Can't predict: Some can handle one SSRI but not others, some can't do well w/ any. It's case by case. Follow instructions carefully and if you are not happy - ask for guided taper off. Don't do it yourself - ever - if possible. Consider non-pharma CBT Therapy. Learning life skills can be more helpful to some. Best wishes! ...Read more
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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