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

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

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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

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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?

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

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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

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