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What are the differences in side effects between celexa and lexapro (escitalopram)?

What are the differences in side effects between celexa and lexapro (escitalopram)?

They are siblings: Citalopram or Celexa is an antidepressant that works on increasing serotonin in the brain synapses.Citalopram has both left and right handed molecules as most compounds do. Escitalopram or Lexapro iis made of only one half of the molecules seen with citalopram.And so is thought to perhaps cause fewer side effects. This is why 10mg of escitalopram is equivalent to 20mg of citalopram. ...Read more

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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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Is it safe to transition directly from 20 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) back to 10 mg of celexa? My panic has been out of control on this dose/med due to side effects

Ok to switch: They are both SSRIs (drug class) so I can say it is okay to switch your medication from Lexapro (escitalopram) to Celexa. But my drug of choice for panic disorder is Paroxetine. But then, discuss it with your psychiatrist. Medication alone does not help most of the time. ...Read more

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What really is the difference between celexa and lexapro (escitalopram)....I'm familiar with the 'mirror image' marketing but is there really a difference?

Celexa vs. Lexapro (escitalopram): Celexa is a ssri. Although it is structurally unrelated to the other ssris, citalopram is a potent reuptake inhibitor of 5-ht. Compared to the other ssri's, citalopram is a relatively weak inhibitor of the cytochrome p-450 enzyme system. Celexa is used in ocd and panic disorder. Lexapro is a newer ssri and is not approved by fda for treating ocd or panic disorder. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Lexapro (escitalopram) and celexa?

Lexapro (escitalopram) is more pure: Some chemicals, like Celexa have 2 forms which are mirror images of each other. (like your hands) chemists wil refer to them as left or right sided versions. While Celexa includes both forms, Lexapro (escitalopram) only contains one (the left handed version). Since these drugs act on receptors in the nervous system, like keys in a lock, the right and left handed molecules have some different effects. ...Read more

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Help please! is celexa comparable to Lexapro (escitalopram) ?

Help please! is celexa comparable to Lexapro (escitalopram) ?

Not quite: Celexa and Lexapro are similar. Their generic names are citalopram and escitalopram. The only way to determine which would be better for you is to try each. Talk to your physician. ...Read more

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Were there any recalls of Celexa or Lexapro (escitalopram) in 2014?

Recalls: Can't find any. In 2011 -- Greenstone LLC recalled generic citalopram & generic finasteride because of a label switch. "The involved citalopram 10-milligram tablets in a 100-count bottle and finasteride 5-milligram tablets in a 90-count bottle. Both of the recalled medicines carry the lot number FI0510058-A " See: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=141344 ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Celexa (Definition)

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