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Is there a difference in effectiveness between citalopram and escitalopram?
4 doctors weighed in

Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
They are equally effective.
Escitalopram may have fewer side effects, but the difference is small.

In brief: No
They are equally effective.
Escitalopram may have fewer side effects, but the difference is small.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Celexa (citalopram)
Escitalopram or Lexapro (escitalopram) is isomers of citalopram or celexa, with fewer side effects.

In brief: Celexa (citalopram)
Escitalopram or Lexapro (escitalopram) is isomers of citalopram or celexa, with fewer side effects.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Samuel Miles
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Side effects
Both drugs are effective, but side effects and dosages are different.

In brief: Side effects
Both drugs are effective, but side effects and dosages are different.
Dr. Samuel Miles
Dr. Samuel Miles
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Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry
In brief: Depends
Chemically escitalopram has the s (active portion) of the drug whereas citalopram has a mixture of both active and inactive forms.
Logically we don't expect a difference. However, a review of recent trials shows that escitalopram is more effective than citalopram in short-term effectiveness. See below: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0047318/.

In brief: Depends
Chemically escitalopram has the s (active portion) of the drug whereas citalopram has a mixture of both active and inactive forms.
Logically we don't expect a difference. However, a review of recent trials shows that escitalopram is more effective than citalopram in short-term effectiveness. See below: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0047318/.
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
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