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

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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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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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 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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Would tegretol lessen the effect of Lexapro (escitalopram) or celexa?

Would tegretol lessen the effect of Lexapro (escitalopram) or celexa?

No, it does not: Lower the effect of either antidepressant. It can however increase the risk of low-sodium, and slightly increase the risk of serotonin syndrome or neuroleptic malignant syndrome. ...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?

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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Are celexa and Lexapro (escitalopram) each good for different conditions?

Celexa vs Lexapro (escitalopram): Lexapro (escitalopram) is the active metabolite of celexa. When you take celexa, your body breaks it down to lexapro (escitalopram). Celexa is much less expensive as it is generic. 20 mgs of Lexapro (escitalopram) is about the same ad 40-60 mgs of celexa. ...Read more

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Can you take the same dosage of Celexa as you would of Lexapro (escitalopram)?

Celexa (citalopram): Celexa (citalopram) can be used up to 40mg. daily. Lexapro is the isomer of Celexa (citalopram) & can be recommended at 20mg. daily. ...Read more

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If Lexapro (escitalopram) didn't work as well as i would've liked, considering how closely related they are, is celexa worth a try?

They are sister meds: Lexapro (escitalopram) is the active isomer of racemic citalopram . Thus they both have the same action but citalopram(celexa) is likely to have more side effects. There are many different ssri's that cen be tried. ...Read more

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Celexa (Definition)

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