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What are the differences between fluoxetine and citalopram?

What are the differences between fluoxetine and citalopram?

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 more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Fluoxetine (Definition)

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


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Is Prozac (fluoxetine) fast acting then citalopram? Would Prozac (fluoxetine) cause less side effects then the citalopram?

Is Prozac (fluoxetine) fast acting then citalopram? Would Prozac (fluoxetine) cause less side effects then the citalopram?

NO: Prozac (fluoxetine) is not faster or slower acting than any other antidepressant. They all take about the same amount of time. There is no quick fix. ...Read more

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Is tenderness in the skin due to citalopram or fluoxetine anything to be worried about?

Is tenderness in the skin due to citalopram or fluoxetine anything to be worried about?

Not necessarily: First, I am not sure if those medications are the source of your pain. However, if they are and the pain is to much then stop the medication only after you speak to the prescribing physician. ...Read more

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Should I wait for however long it takes for the citalopram to get out of my system to start fluoxetine?

What did your: physician/ psychiatrist say? No, you don't have to have a drug holiday before changing from citalopram to fluoxetine. ...Read more

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Does Prozac (fluoxetine) cause side effects? Is it better to take then citalopram?

Does Prozac (fluoxetine) cause side effects? Is it better to take then citalopram?

Possibly: All medications have potential side effects, although in general, they seldom occur, and if they do, are mostly manageable. Every event that happens during the pre marketing drug trials gets listed as a side effect, even if unrelated to the drug. Discuss your concern with your prescriber to hear what he or she has seen with use of the agent and learn why you need this drug in the first place. ...Read more

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I am currently taking fluoxetine, but have read about the side effects and would like to know more about the alternative citalopram. Thoughts?

I am currently taking fluoxetine, but have read about the side effects and would like to know more about the alternative citalopram. Thoughts?

Similar side effects: Side effect profile is very similar except in my experience fluoxetine may be more likely to increase anxiety and insomnia. Citalopram may have less potential for sexual side effects as well. ...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


Dr. Alan Ali
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Prozac (Definition)

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