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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)?

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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Just went from celexa to lexapro (escitalopram). Celexa wasn't doing much for me before. Will Lexapro (escitalopram) be any different?

Only the: Medication trial will tell. Often you might not have an optimum response from one selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor but respond very well to another medication in that class. Celexa and Lexapro (escitalopram) are very similiary. Celexa is a racemic mix ; Lexapro (escitalopram) has the active part of the medication cleaved from the part of the med that causes side effects. May be it will work for you ; may be it won't. ...Read more

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Went to take my Lexapro (escitalopram) 20mg QD and was out. Can I take my wife's Celexa 20mg for one dose until I get my refill tomorrow?

Went to take my Lexapro (escitalopram) 20mg QD and was out. Can I take my wife's Celexa 20mg for one dose until I get my refill tomorrow?

Probably: These medications are not equivalent to each other ... Although chemically they're like a parent and child. That said, Lexapro (escitalopram) has a fairly long half life (about 30 hours), so it's probably safest to just skip 1 dose and resume it tomorrow when you have it refilled from the pharmacy. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Lexapro (escitalopram) 20mg is safe, right? It's what I'm prescribed. There is no QT issues at this dose? Is Celexa worse than lexapro (escitalopram) in that regard?

Lexapro (escitalopram) 20mg is safe, right? It's what I'm prescribed. There is no QT issues at this dose? Is Celexa worse than lexapro (escitalopram) in that regard?

Lexapro (escitalopram) 20 mg is a: standard dose at which there are no significant QT interval issues. Generic is escitalopram. Citalopram has QT issues at 60 mg a day dose so maximum dose is 40 mg a day. Citalopram is not recommended for patients with: congenital long QT syndrome, bradycardia, hypokalemia or hypomagnesemia, recent MI, or uncompensated heart failure. Best regards. ...Read more

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When switching from Celexa to Lexapro (escitalopram), (escitalopram) will the Lexapro (escitalopram) still need to build up in my system before it starts to work or will it work almost right away?

Not necessarily: Depending how long were you on Celexa, Nevertheless time while on one SSRI usually counts when switching to another, if taken constantly, in your case Previous Celexa use should expedite or shorten Lexapro (escitalopram) effect to less then 3 weeks, but in pharmacotherary everything is individualy based Hope it helped MW ...Read more

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My dr has just switched me from 15 mg of cipralex (lexapro) to 10 mg of celexa. He told me they are interchangeable, but i'm worried about withdrawl symptoms. I've tapered off Lexapro previously too quicky and know the w.D.'s involved. What should I do,

These : These two compounds are interchangeable but their potency is different: because of its more refined chemical composition and reduced protein binding, Lexapro (escitalopram) is considered to be approximately 4 times more potent than celexa. This means that 15 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) is equivalent to approximately 60 mg of celexa. It appears then, that your Celexa dosage, which is 10 mg, may be low enough to cause some withdrawal symptoms. While this may not necessarily happen, a good strategy for you could be to contact your doctor and discuss your concerns as well as your previous experiences. ...Read more

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Why is Zoloft considered a "stronger" medication than Lexapro (escitalopram) or celexa?

Why is Zoloft considered a "stronger" medication than Lexapro (escitalopram) or celexa?

It's not, really: Zoloft is not really a "stronger" medication than Lexapro (escitalopram) or celexa. All 3 are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. They differ a little in the particular receptor sites they affect -- zoloft may block norepinephrine re-uptake a little more than Celexa and Lexapro (escitalopram) do, but not nearly as potently as paroxetine, duloxetine, and some older tricyclics. ...Read more

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Do doctors provide better reviews of Celexa or Lexapro (escitalopram)?

Similar: They are similar and both are now generic. I use a glove analogy: When a drug is manufactured, right and left handed gloves are created in the same amount. Your brain is left handed and only uses the left handed gloves. Celexa contains right and left gloves. Lexapro has been manufactured with left gloves only. For some patients, this reduces side effects. " ...Read more

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Is Lexapro (escitalopram) worth trying in a patient who has zero response to Celexa?

You must decide: "Worth" is always an opinion that only yours matters for. But you can get help in thinking about it in some talk therapy. The extra value is that whatever you decide, it will optimize the outcome. Research shows that. Each SSRI (etc) seems unique for each user, but they all have risks. Talk it through till you make a choice you can own based on good judgement. ...Read more

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Are lexapro/celexa/viibryd the cleanest ssri's available..I.E the least interactions?

Are lexapro/celexa/viibryd the cleanest ssri's available..I.E the least interactions?

Especially: Celexa and lexapro. Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) can interact with drugs that are metabolized through the cytochrome p450 3a4 enzyme system so a little bit more caution has to be taken with that and should be addressed with your psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Celexa (Definition)

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