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What Is The Difference Between Lexapro And Zoloft
Not much: Both are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or ssris, a fancy way of saying they help your brain hold onto and use more of the serotonin it has. Serotonin is one of the chemicals in your body related to happy things, like food, sex, and sleep (which is why the side effects often affect these issues). Celexa, prozac, Paxil (paroxetine) are also in class. Diff comes in personal brain chemistry + med. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Clonazapam & Zoloft (sertraline): Sertraline (Zoloft) is an SSRI and is usually a 1st line drug for anxiety or depression. It takes a few days -weeks to work and is very effective. Clonazapam (Klonopin)is a Benzodiazepine, Schedule IV controlled substance, It works immediately and is most often used to treat anxiety, & panic attack It is a CNS depressant.Neither can be stopped abruptly due to withdrawal syndrome ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Both antidepressants: Both are antidepressants that work on different neurotransmitters associated with the development of depression; serotonin, Dopamine and norepinephrine. Zoloft is an ssri. Inhibits serotonin from being taking up by the nerve so it circulates in the system longer. Venlafexine (effexor) is a snri. It is a serotonin, norepinephrine inhibitor. ...Read more
only: Only if your dr prescribed it this way; the only normal situation to do this is because you are decreasing one and increasing the other (cross taper) with the goal of eventually end up with only one. Do not start/stop/mix meds without asking prescribing dr. Good luck. ...Read more
Prozac (fluoxetine) was prototype: Prozac or fluoxetine was the first selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Later ssri's that were developed worked on other subtypes of the serotonin receptors in the brain and thus in theory had less side effects. Also they were metabolized differently by the liver. Therefore duration of action or interaction with other medications differed. An example would be different degree of sexual problems. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Differences: These two medicines share similarities, but they have different chemical structures, leading to different actions on the nervous system. Fluoxetine almost exclusively acts on the neurotransmitter serotonin, while duloxetine has a mixed action on both serotonin and norepinephrine. This difference will sometimes result in a person doing better with one medicine versus the other. ...Read more
Antidepressants: They are pretty different on the neurotransmitters they affect (serotonin/norepinephrin), half life, molecular structure, side effects (like weight gain, paroxetine causes this more often; etc) and pharmacodynamics. They share some indications and uses (besides obviously as antidepressants) and both are relatively inexpensive. ...Read more
A lot: Citalopram is an ssri meaning that it causes increased amounts of serotonin in the brain. Mirtazapine is in its own unique class. Notably, Mirtazapine helps with sleep and does not have sexual side effects where neither are true with citalopram. Ask your psychiatrist for a full explanation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They are the same: Clonazepam is the generic (chemical)name for Klonopin (which is the original branded name). Since Klonopin went generic, there are now many manufacturers who produce the generic version. While all of those preparations contain clonazepam, some may be more effective than others given different binders, dyes and other inert constituents of the various companies' products. ...Read more
Half life: Xanax (alprazolam) and Clonazepam are both drugs within the class of benzodiazepines. These drugs act on the receptor called GABA in the brain and nervous system. The half-life of a drug is related to how long it takes to clear from the body. Clonazepam has a longer half life, meaning it takes longer for half of it to metabolize. Xanax (alprazolam) has a half life of around 11 hrs. Clonazepam between 18 and 50. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
None: Duloxetine is the generic name for Cymbalta. Cymbalta is the brand name for duloxetine. This drug recently became available in generic form, which typically will cost you less if you have prescription coverage through your insurance. They should work about the same. I have not had anyone complain about the generic so far. ...Read more
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